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Lots of Netanyahu defenders upset with me for saying that a prime minister of a state founded on ethnic cleaning, who engages today in a form of ethnic cleansing, is warning others against ethnic cleansing. So here's a quick #thread on some basic facts for the pearl-clutchers:
Lots of Israelis who get offended by the term "ethnic cleansing" are fine with it if you replace it with a softer term like "transfer", e.g."Nearly half of Jewish Israelis agree that Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel" - 2016 Pew poll2/timesofisrael.com/plurality-of-j…
Israeli historian Professor Ilan Pappé wrote an entire book called "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" in 2006, on the events of 1948, which was described as an "important" account and a "major intervention" by British and Israeli academics alike:
Is Pappé too radical for you? How about Daniel Blatman, professor of Modern Jewish history & Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem? Here is his Haaretz piece headlined: "Yes...Israel Did Perpetrate Ethnic Cleansing in 1948"
As for Netanyahu, and current Israeli policy, do you folks read the news? Are you seriously unaware of how many Palestinians have been evicted (is that a nicer word?) from their homes to make way for Israeli occupiers in East Jerusalem and beyond?
As Israeli human rights group B'Tselem has noted: "Israeli authorities continued their discriminatory policies against East Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents as part of an overall policy designed to cause Palestinians to leave the city."To. Leave.
Here's another stark headline from human rights group B'Tselem: "East Jerusalem cleansing continues: Israel removes more Palestinian families, hands over their homes to settlers"
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