Ben Dror Yemini has an provocative piece on the fraud of the notion of the Nakba. It’s a bit too pre-post-modern for my taste. I prefer not to talk about “facts” and “truth” and more about reliable evidence, and accurate interpretations. Do its polemics undermine its history?
Nakba Day and the Fraud
The Palestinians have been holding the title of “refugees” for over six decades. They have succeeded in creating a unique historical narrative for themselves. This myth is growing, so it should be shattered and the real facts presented: the Palestinian population before the first Aliya was sparse, hundreds of thousands of Jews were also expelled from Arab countries, and there is no precedent anywhere in the world for the right of return.
The Nakba – the story of the Palestinian refugees is the greatest success story in the history of modern times – a success that is a complete fraud. There is no other group of “refugees” in the world that has gotten such broad global coverage. Not a week goes by without a conference, another conference, about the wretched state of the Palestinians. There is not a campus in the West that does not devote countless events, conferences and publications, each year or each month to the issue of the Palestinian refugees. They have become the ultimate victims. A million calamities and injustices and expulsions and population exchanges and acts of genocide and slaughter and wars have befallen the world since the Arabs, among them the Palestinians, declared a war of annihilation on Israel – but the Nakba of the Palestinians takes up most of the space. A visitor from another planet would think that it was the greatest injustice suffered by the entire universe since the Second World War.
The Palestinians, for whom their pain vastly exceeds the pain of others, certainly feel that this is so. The question is, why would the rest of the world agree with them?
Consider, for example, this casualty footprint of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1988-2008 compared to that of the various conflicts going on within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
That’s less than 10,000 deaths among the Arabs, and more than five million among the people of the DRC.
Now reverse the names, and you have the media footprint.
So it is best to shatter this lie. It is best to present the real facts. It is best to expose the fraud.
Read the rest, and follow the multiple links.
Ben-Dror Yemini is a senior columnist in Maariv, daily newspaper
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