After all, where is that diplomatic tsunami everyone predicted would come?
Anyway, on May 15th, the Palestinians (and many Arab countries) hold what is known as Nakba day. Since this is a Palestinian annual event, it usually results in clashes with IDF troops, stone throwing, arrests, and then complaints that they're being put in a 4 start hotel prison instead of a 5 star hotel prison. Because Gilad Shalit is in a 5 start hotel prison, right?
As Palestinian history goes, they allegedly claim that Israel displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948, and therefore hold this annual event. While indeed, 700,000 Palestinians were "displaced," they claim that ISRAEL displaced them. They refuse to put the blame on themselves - both on the fact that they refused multiple treaties and partitions and negotiations, but more so on the fact that a vast majority of this 700,000 fled voluntarily. The link I provide later down explains all this (note: this isn't anything new or recent, or some crazy conspiracy theory designed to combat the Nakba day. These are known facts for decades, and you can find all kinds of books and articles on it, but this link that I show later on is a very nice, comprehensive, historical guide).
Of course, there are no annual events over the millions of Jews living in Arab countries who faced discrimination, persecution, had their businesses shut down, had property seized by the government, were killed, and millions were expelled or fled.
Because after all, they're only Jews.
A movement called Im Tirzu (based on Theodore Herzl's quote, "Im tirzu ein zo agadah" or "If you will it, it is no dream") have released a booklet that explains Nakba day, its outrageous lies, and the historical context and what happened.
Check it out here. It's a very comprehensive, historical guide, that offers a lot of information.
Also, I stumbled across this short article from frontpagemagazine that was written a few years ago that also talks about Nakba, its origin, and how it does the exact opposite of proving Palestinian nationality.
The following quote comes from the great-grandfather of the current Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad:
“Those good Jews brought civilization and peace to the Arab Muslims, and they dispersed gold and prosperity over
without damage to anyone or taking anything by force. Despite this, the Muslims declared holy war against them and did not hesitate to massacre their children and women…. Thus a black fate awaits the Jews and other minorities in case the Mandates are cancelled and Muslim Syria is united with Muslim Palestine.” Palestine
Americans for a Safe Israel also talk about the Nakba in this article, what happened, quotes from the time period, and how the Palestinians could've avoided what they claim as "Nakba."
This JPost blog article also talks about Nakba nonsense.
Oh, and let's not forget about the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, which is related to Nakba Day. The CIA World Factbook reports that the numbers of death in Gaza per 1000 Gazans is one of the lowest in the world - lower than Israel even.
In November 2002, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) produced an article on Arab population growth and density in Israel. The study was conducted in 2001, and compares the Arab population in Israel between 1948 and 2001.
According to the study, 156,000 Arabs lived in Israel in 1948. They comprised approximately 19% of the population. In 2001, 1.2 million Arabic people populated the area. Because of increased Jewish immigration to Israel, the proportion of Arab residents remained at 19% in 2001. On average, the proportion of Arabs increases 3.4% each year.
In 2001, 82% of the population was Muslim, 9% were Christians, and 9% were Druze. According to the CBS, the proportion of Muslims will increase to 85% by 2020.
Some ethnic cleansing! Where the population rises!
But of course, if you want ethnic cleansing, then just look at Nazi Germany or any Arab country in the modern day. Do you see any Jews in Jordan? Or Syria? Or Egypt? If so, how many? 10 in each, if you're lucky? An estimated 900,000 lived in these countries before 1948. And most of them didn't go to Israel because they wanted to move to their homeland - most of them were persecuted and expelled or fled due to persecution.
That's ethnic cleansing.