I've added another taboo topic among racist western progressives around the Arab-Jewish conflict in the Middle East: demographics.
One cannot talk about the demographics of the land of Israel as it was under the Ottomans. The reason that you cannot talk about that is because it may call into question just how many Arabs were living there prior to the Mandate and this will tend to undercut Arab claims to the region, particularly given the fact that the Jews were a majority in Jerusalem.
The fact of the matter is that a large percentage of the local Arabs came from neighboring countries and regions. Some percentage, probably a small percentage, had been living there for a long time, centuries even, but the fact is that many, many "Palestinians" are people whose ancestors were from Egypt or what is now Jordan or Syria or Iraq and elsewhere.
This fact is entirely taboo among racist progressives who hold that the "Palestinians" were there as a discreet people since before the birth of the Sun.
I don't know how authentic this info is since he lists no sources but is seems to ring true from other stuff I have read:ReplyDelete
"During Ottoman Empire.
Until the Jews began returning to the Land of Israel in increasing numbers from the late 19th century, the area called Palestine was a God-forsaken backwash that was controlled by the Ottoman Empire.
1880-84 Turkish government settles Muslim Circassian refugees in the Golan to ward off Bedouin robbers. Other settlers in the area include Sudanese, Algerians, Kurds...
In 1878, an Ottoman law granted lands in Palestine to the Moslem refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Carmel region, in the Galilee and in the Plain of Sharon and in Caesarea. The refugees were further attracted by l2-year tax exemptions and exemption from military service.
The same colonization policy was also directed toward Moslem refugees from Russia - particularly from the Crimea and the Caucasus. They were Circassians, Cherkesians and Turkmenians - leading to their settling in Abu Gosh, near Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. Refugees from Algeria and Egypt were also settled in Jaffa, Gaza, Jericho and the Golan.
British Mandate: 1917-1947
1923 Having discovered the Golan lacks oil but that the Mosul area in northern Syria is rich in oil, the British cede the Golan to France in exchange for Mosul. At the same time the Trans-Jordan was ceded from Palestinian mandate as well and Egypt was given control of Sinai, British and France gain control of Suetz canal. (82% of Jewish land was sacrificed in the process!)
In 1934 alone, 30,000 Syrian Arabs from the Hauran moved across the northern frontier into Mandate Palestine, attracted by work in and around the newly built British port and the construction of other infrastructure projects. They even dubbed Haifa Um el-Amal ('the city of work').
The Ottoman Turks' census (1882) recorded only 141,000 Muslims in the Palestinian. The British census in 1922 reported 650,000 Muslims.