Too many governments, politicians and “intellectuals”, either are ignorant or misrepresent or refuse to acknowledge the infinite number of facts that, overwhelmingly, prove that the Jewish people are the indigenous population of present day Israel and the adjoining land.
Alduous Huxley accurately stated, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
In the following sections I will present some of the facts that are either ignored or not publicly stated. These facts unquestionably show, the unassailable truth, that the Jews are the indigenous population of Israel.
In the Judeo-Christian world, the bible emphatically states that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews and their descendants. Jesus Christ, who according to the Romans, was King of the Jews, lived about 600 years before the advent of Islam. Countless archaeological evidence, including the Dead Sea scrolls (written in Hebrew), attest to the fact of the Jews being the native population of, what is presently called Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan.
The “West Bank” denotation was invented by the Jordanians after the 1948 war. Until then it was denoted in all world texts as Judea/Samaria, the ancient kingdoms of the Jews.
In 1924, the Islamic Supreme Council, (highest religious authority) stated, “ The Temple Mount's identity with King Solomon's temple is beyond dispute.”
Winston Churchill in 1921 said, “It is manifestly right that the scattered Jews should have a national center and a national home and be reunited , and where else but in Palestine, with which for 3,000 years they have been intimately and profoundly associated.”
That statement was made after the League of Nations adopted the Palestine Mandate recognizing “Palestine” (Israel, both sides of the Jordan River,etc.) as the Jewish homeland under international law. Unfortunately, the British took 78% of that denoted Jewish homeland, the eastern part of the Jordan River, and invented the country Jordan.
Since 1860, when the Ottomans began conducting an official census in Jerusalem, the Jews were the majority group in Jerusalem. That majority status remains until today. Despite being the majority the Jews still elected a Muslim mayor in 1899 , Yusef Diya al-Khalidi. He stated, “Who can challenge the rights of the Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is really your country.” According to some historians, the Ottoman census also shows a Jewish majority in Safed, Jaffa, Tiberias and Haifa.
So one asks, who are these people calling themselves Palestinians?
As Jews began returning to “Palestine”, developing infrastructure, draining swamps and forming governmental entities, the neighboring Muslims were attracted to the better economic opportunities offered.
In addition, Arabs came to work on infrastructure projects during the Ottoman occupation of Israel and later, under the British Mandate.
In 1856 the French who controlled Algeria expelled thousands of Algerians, who settled in Syria and Palestine.
In fact, in 1914, half of the Muslims in Safed were of Algerian descent. The balance were Bedouins and from Syria.
Thousand of Egyptians who refused to serve in the military fled to northern Israel around 1830. . They were followed by thousands of Sudanese.
Some prominent Arab family names show this influx of Arabs from other parts of the Ottoman Empire. For example, Al-Obedi (Sudan), Halaba (Syria),Al-Yamani (Yemen), etc.
In the book “From Time Immemorial” by Joan Peters, she points to the 1931 census which showed at least twenty three different languages used by Muslims. There were at least twenty four different birthplaces listed by the non-Jews of Palestine.
Most of the 320,000 Arabs who left Israel during the 1948 war of independence were the descendants of these migrant workers from other parts of the Muslim world.
The distinguished scholar Professor Philip K. Hitti, in his book, “The Arabs” stated, “There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in history, absolutely not.”
Of course the following statement by Yasser Arafat completely demolishes the myth of Arabs being indigenous to Palestine. In 1967, Yasser Arafat, stated,” The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel.” ( author Alan Hart, in his book, “Arafat, Terrorist or Peace Maker?”)
Most people on learning the above stated narrative would accept the fact that the Jews are the indigenous people of present day Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan. To those individuals who refuse to accept the facts, I refer them to a statement by the late Senator Moynihan. “Everybody is entitled to their own set of opinions, but not to their own set of facts.”
I am indebted to two people from whose articles I learned many specific facts concerning the Arab and Jewish migration to “Palestine”.
Yoram Ettinger from whose article (Israel Hayom 6/13/2016) I quote some Jewish/Arab emigration figures and reasons for their emigration.
Also to Ted Belman (IsraPundit) who published an article by Nomi Benari, from which I extracted examples of specific Arab emigration to Israel and some pertinent quotes.