By guest writer: Hartley Macklin
Anti-Zionists claim that Jews expelled the Palestinians from their “native” land in 1948. However,
they have never produced any evidence of a Zionist “master plan” to expel Arabs. In fact, the new Jewish state immediately recognized the Arab population as an official ethnic and religious minority. The Jewish leadership had made detailed plans for the establishment of an Arabic-language press, the improvement of health in the Arab sector, the incorporation of Arab officials in the government, and the integration of Arabs within the police and the ministry of education. In 1947, David Ben-Gurion, who would soon become prime minister, told his Labor Party, “In our state there will be non-Jews as well — and all of them will be equal citizens; equal in everything without any exception; that is: the state will be their state as well.” Today — unique to Israel and in contrast to the most advanced democracies — the Jewish state gives the languages and religions of its various minorities official status. Thus, Arabic is an official language alongside Hebrew, and Muslim and Christian holidays are considered official holidays.
. . . What happened after 48, the Arab Legion’s ethnic cleansing of the entire Jewish community from the city of Jerusalem. A community whose ancestors founded the city over three thousand years ago, built its walls, roads, and Temples. A community that represented the majority religio-ethnic group in the city from at least the 1840s in the modern era. And a community that was forcefully pushed out, homes gutted, synagogues destroyed, and cemeteries desecrated.
Life magazine took pictures of it, and documented it. Jordan never actually denied it. The entire world witnessed it.
In contrast to what the Jews did. They offered full citizenship to the Arabs. . . .
Even more important is what has actually happened in the past 66 years. In the aftermath of the 1948 war, there was approx 200,000 Arabs in Israel proper. They were offered full citizenship, most accepted. Today they and their descendants number 1.6 million. That does not happen to populations being expelled.
The Arabs in Israel go about their daily lives, shop at Israeli malls, use Israeli services, frequent Israeli restaurants and bars, send their children to study at any of the same University as the children of Jews, and receive Israeli social and health benefits.
This is strong evidence that there was no actual plan to expel anyone from Israel. The Arab citizens of Israel vote in free elections. They run for office in free elections. They own property, and businesses. They hold high office in politics and in the military.
They have the same civil rights as any other citizen in Israel.
This is the proof that there was no attempt to expel Arabs from Israel. Measurable, and undeniable proof.
(Posted by Hartley Macklin, a member of my Facebook Group, Israel the Legitimate State)