Israeli & Zionist
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions 1
Most Palestinians want to destroy Israel and deep in their hearts they want to drive all Israeli Jews into the sea 4
The Arabs rejected the 1947 U.N. partition of Palestine, and consequently attacked the Jewish state, and lost the 1948 war 8
Seven well armed Arab armies attempted to destroy the poorly armed Jewish State in 1948, Arabs were the aggressors from the start 16
Palestinians in 1948 left their homes based on the orders of their leaders at the time, & that was their choice 21
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and if more Arab countries were as democratic as Israel, peace would happen in no time 27
Hajj Amin al-Husseini collaborated with Nazis during WWII. Since he was the leader of the Palestinians, they are responsible for his collaboration with the Nazis 31
Palestine's inhabitants were mostly a nomadic society who mostly immigrated to Palestine from neighboring countries 33
Palestine was a destitute place until Israelis made its desert bloom 36
Palestinians never had a country of their own, nor did they have a distinct culture or a distinct language 41
The Land of Israel was promised to the descendents of Isaac by God through the prophet Abraham 44
Arafat was offered at Camp David a deal that no Israeli leader had presented in the past 47
Palestinians are not the only people to have been subjected to population transfer, it is normal in human history 50
Why Arabs don't welcome their Palestinian Arab brothers? 53
How could Palestinians send their kids to riot against Israeli soldiers? They are responsible for the high rate of casualties among their kids 57
Israelis are the strongest in the Middle East and Arabs will never defeat it 60
The Right of Return for all Palestinian refugees to Israel proper is unacceptable to most Israeli Jews 62
Arabs fail to understand the unique and special connection Jews have for Eretz Yisrael 65
Too bad that Arabs understand ONLY the language of force 68
Israeli & Zionist Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section is the most frequently visited section at PalestineRemembered.com. Initially, it evolved based on our correspondence with many Israelis and Zionists who visited the site, and over time it has emerged into the current version. Currently, the section is becoming an important resource on the internet that presents the Palestinian version of events.
If you are an Israeli or a Zionist, most likely this booklet will challenge your beliefs to the core. Because of that we urge you to be open minded and unemotional until you read the Palestinian side. It should be NOTED that most of our research has been based on declassified Israeli and Zionist archives, which was researched by Israeli and Jewish historians. We have gone the extra mile to properly reference each stated fact and quote at the footnote of each page, to use multiple sources including several pro-Israel historians, and to link each FAQs to other useful online resources for other points of view.
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Most Palestinians want to destroy Israel and deep in their hearts they want to drive all Israeli Jews into the sea
Jaffa May 1948, Palestinians were being pushed into the see by the attacking Israeli Army
This is the most frequently asked question by Israeli Zionists. We will answer the question indirectly by asking the question below:
Are you aware that Israeli Zionists, during the 1948 war, have pushed into the sea up to 25% of the Palestinian refugees (including women, children, and old people)?
From the inception of Zionism, the Zionist leaders have fed their people false propaganda. Probably the picture above can tell you a bit of the real story. It is misleading and unfair to focus on what Palestinians might allegedly do in the future, while Palestinians' past and present are filled with Israeli war crimes. These types of accusations are meant to deflect and confuse the core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The core issues of the conflict are the collective DISPOSSESSION and ETHNIC CLEANSING (compulsory population transfer) of the Palestinian people for the past five decades, and the conflict would have been on the same level of intensity, even if both warring parties were Muslims, Christians, or even Jewish.
From the start, the Zionist leaders were keen on creating a "Jewish State" based on "Jewish majority" by immigrating Jews to Palestine in mass numbers, which was primarily motivated by the fleeing European Jews from anti-Semitic Tsarist Russia and Nazi Germany. When it became increasingly clear to the Zionist leaders at the time (such as Ben-Gurion and Theodor Herzl) that it was impossible to achieve Jewish majority solely based on immigration and natural growth, they concluded that forcible "population transfer" (Ethnic Cleansing) was the only solution to the "Arab Problem." Year after year, the plan to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its indigenous people became known as the "transfer solution". David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister, eloquently articulated the "transfer solution" as the following:
In a joint meeting between the Jewish Agency Executive and Zionist Action Committee on June 12th, 1938:
"With compulsory transfer we [would] have a vast area [for settlement] .... I support compulsory transfer. I don't see anything immoral in it." 1
In a speech addressing the Central Committee of the Histadrut on December 30, 1947:
"In the area allocated to the Jewish State there are not more than 520,000 Jews and about 350,000 non-Jews, mostly Arabs. Together with the Jews of Jerusalem, the total population of the Jewish State at the time of its establishment, will be about one million, including almost 40% non-Jews. such a [population] composition does not provide a stable basis for a Jewish State. This [demographic] fact must be viewed in all its clarity and acuteness. With such a [population] composition, there cannot even be absolute certainty that control will remain in the hands of the Jewish majority .... There can be no stable and strong Jewish state so long as it has a Jewish majority of only 60%." 2
And on February 8th, 1948 Ben-Gurion also stated to the Mapai Council:
"From your entry into Jerusalem, through Lifta, Romema [East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood]. . . there are no [Palestinian] Arabs. One hundred percent Jews. Since Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, it has not been Jewish as it is now. In many [Palestinian] Arab neighborhoods in the west one sees not a single [Palestinian] Arab. I do not assume that this will change. . . . What had happened in Jerusalem. . . . is likely to happen in many parts of the country. . . in the six, eight, or ten months of the campaign there will certainly be great changes in the composition of the population in the country." 3
In a speech addressing the Zionist Action Committee on April 6th, 1948:
"We will not be able to win the war if we do not, during the war, populate upper and lower, eastern and western Galilee, the Negev and Jerusalem area ..... I believe that war will also bring in its wake a great change in the distribution of Arab population." 4
For Israeli Zionists to excuse themselves from any war crimes, such as compulsory population transfer (Ethnic Cleansing) and dispossessing the Palestinian people, they've resorted to a myth that Palestinians left their homes, farms, businesses, banks, boats, cars, ..etc. based on their free will.5
There is no denying of the fact that some Palestinians think exactly like the Zionists (which is the Palestinian version of Zionism), and very possibly they do so because they were the victims of such treatment. Regardless of whether it is right or wrong, you have to agree that it is human nature to respond to terror with terror and to racism with racism, which are facts that all decent people must accept and deplore simultaneously. No matter what the circumstances are (such as the urge to seek vengeance, revenge, reprisals, ... etc.), targeting civilians to achieve political or military objectives, in either war or non-war situations, is terrorism. It is worth noting that the Palestinian people have been on the receiving end of Israeli terrorism, the chief of which are the collective DISPOSSESSION and ETHNIC CLEANSING of 8.5 million Palestinian for the past five decades.
Finally, the Palestinian mainstream does not and will not condone massive ethnic cleansing the way Israeli Zionists have done to the Palestinian people. Palestinians, as Muslim and Arabs, have their long history and track record to prove exactly the opposite. Omar Ibn al-Khatab's and Saladin’s conquest of Jerusalem are solid proof of how Arabs and Muslims fairly treated their defeated subjects, the Byzantines and the Crusades respectively. Ironically, many of today's Christian Palestinians trace their roots to the Crusades, such as the famous Rock family of Jaffa. In other words, if freeing Palestine shall imply perpetrating war crimes similar to the ones perpetrated against the Palestinian people, Palestinians shall wait for another Omar or Saladin to right the wrongs of the past. The Muslim Arabs have their history to prove their tolerance towards their subjects, however, the Israeli Zionists have their track record to speak for them. Palestine Remembered has been explicitly built to expose and uncover Israeli war crimes and to AMPLIFY the voices of the Palestinian refugees.
Related Online Resources
The Arabs threatened to throw the Jews into the sea by Arjan el-Fassed at http://ElectronicIntifada.net/HistoricalMyths/SeaMyth.html
Cleansing Jaffa: Detailed eyewitness account By Shukri Salameh at http://www.PalestineRemembered.com/Jaffa/Jaffa/Story202.html