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Revealed: Israel established committee in 1967 to devise ways of encouraging Palestinian emigration

Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint to perform the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Ramallah, West Bank on 10 May, 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint in Ramallah, West Bank on 10 May 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
MEMO | June 19, 2019

Newly uncovered documents have revealed that Israeli authorities began looking for ways to encourage Palestinian emigration immediately after occupying the West Bank in 1967.

According to +972 Magazine, the discovery was made by Omri Shafer Raviv, a PhD student in the Department of Jewish History at Hebrew University. The study uses official government documents from the 1967 war and its aftermath that have only recently been declassified.

The documents uncovered by Shafer Raviv show that “mere weeks” after the Six-Day War, “Israel enlisted teams of academics in the country to find ways to encourage Palestinians to emigrate from the newly occupied territories”.

In July 1967, then-Prime Minister Levi Eshkol assembled a committee of academics “and sent them into the territories to study the newly-occupied population”.

The objective of the committee was two-fold: “to create a body responsible for ‘long-term planning’ in the occupied territories”, and, says Shafer Raviv, to find ways to ensure Palestinians did not resist the military regime while looking for ways to encourage them to leave altogether.

“Those early years set the tone for how Israeli policy looks today,” he told +972 Magazine.

According to the academic, a key goal of the Israeli government was to reduce the number of Palestinians living in the newly-occupied territories.

“We saw this most prominently in Gaza, where the authorities believed they could halve the population from 400,000 to 200,000 in order to contend with the new demographic problem.”

June 19, 2019 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Ironic… when just a few years earlier, they were devising ways of encouraging third world *immigration* to the US.

    Comment by Aaron | June 19, 2019 | Reply

  2. “Encouraging the goyim to emigrate”… by confiscating their land, demolishing their homes, setting fire to their crops, cutting down their olive and almond trees, denying them employment, education and health care, machine-gunning their children, a few things like that. “Encouraging” is such an appropriate choice of word. What’s heartening—encouraging, if you like–is that in spite of all those efforts to encourage them to emigrate, the Palestinians have clung to their ancestral homeland. They will be there long after the Jewish interlopers have been sent packing.

    Comment by traducteur | June 19, 2019 | Reply

  3. Reposted in Benjamin Fulford’s latest report, too, comment section along with this:

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/18/c_138153630.htm

    Comment by Leland Roth | June 19, 2019 | Reply


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