Deport the Palestinians to Where They Came From: Israel

It was bound to happen. The Israelis have decided to opt for outright ethnic cleansing. As of April 13, 2010 – the Israeli military will be accorded the power to deport any Palestinian or any foreigner in the West Bank if their residence papers ‘aren’t in order.’ The IDF has made it clear that the order will not apply to Israeli citizens in the West Bank – you know – the illegal Jewish settlers. In fact, if you are Mongolian and can produce a faded newspaper clip announcing your grandfather’s bar mitzvah, that will be sufficient documentation to acquire immediate Israeli citizenship and get a red carpet reception when you relocate to the occupied territories. They’ll even provide you with subsidized housing if you take them up on the offer.

However, if you happen to be of the Palestinian persuasion, the IDF won’t care if you’re married to a woman from Nablus or engaged to a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. If you’re not Jewish – you have to move on. Even if you were born in the West Bank but your mother made the mistake of being born in Gaza, you qualify for deportation.

But what if both your parents were born in Jaffa, but they ended up being refugees in Gaza? You still get deported to Gaza because you’re not Jewish. What if your mother was a refugee from Nazareth who took refuge in Bethlehem and your father was born in Jerusalem but ended up in a refugee camp in Gaza. You’re still deportable – because you’re not Jewish. There are all kinds of possibilities if you’re not Jewish.

Given the way Israel has manipulated who and who does not get residence, almost every Palestinian family might have a member who gets an expulsion order. And many of them face the risk of being turned into refugees for the second or third time around because they’re not Jewish and because that’s what Israel is all about: one set of laws and privileges for Jews or anybody remotely Jewish, no matter their nationality or place of birth, and another book of arbitrary rules tailor made for the expulsion of the indigenous population. If you’re lucky enough to be Jewish or a convert to Judaism – you get to come and go as you please. If you’re Palestinian — you just get to go to Gaza.

There is a real simple solution to all this nonsense — deport the Palestinians to their ancestral homes. A good percentage of West Bankers and Gazans were either born in what is now Israel or their parents were born there. If the Israelis insist on deporting them to make room for settlements — then it only makes sense to send them back to where they came from – the parts of Palestine that ended up being Israel.

This new Israeli law sets all kinds of precedents. We’ve got Russian and Moldavian born colonial settlers telling the natives of the Holy Land that they can’t even reside in the small slice of Palestine that everybody understood was reserved for the emerging Palestinian state. That just happens to be the dictionary definition of Chutzpah.

Now it’s no use wasting time complaining to the Israelis. They go by rule number one – they will do whatever they think they can get away with. They got away with the Apartheid Wall and they’ve been getting away with war crimes since before the state was established — most recently in Gaza where they mercilessly slaughtered 1,500 residents with a permit issued by the Bush administration.

This is the acid test for Obama. He knows exactly what he’s seeing. Unlike his predecessor, the zealous warmongering Armageddon worshiping dispensationalist who learned everything he needed to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Revelations, this president understands exactly what he is witnessing — ethnic cleansing. He understands why Palestinians are being asked to move along: because they’re not Jewish. Not only that, because they’re Arab.

And it’s not just Obama who fully comprehends what this policy is about. Hillary Clinton, who claimed Jewish ancestry when she was running for a New York Senate seat, must also have a good handle on the absurdity of her entitlement to Israeli citizenship. There can be no doubt that she’s perfectly aware that under Israeli law she has the right to settle in the West Bank and take up the space vacated by a deportable Palestinian. If that sits well with her, we’ll know exactly the kind of Secretary of State she’s destined to be.

You don’t have to interpret what the Israelis are doing to the folks in the State Department or the United Nations or the Arab League or the European Union. They know what ethnic cleansing and racism look like. Even the Israelis know what they look like. They just happen to believe they have a God given right to be racists because they’re Jewish and the Palestinians are not. And if you want to argue with them and their dispensationalist followers, they’ll say it to your face. They’re always glad to put their scriptures on the table and prove to you that God promised ancestral Palestinian land to Jews from Moldavia.

Like any theocratic state, Israel insists that its laws supersede international laws including the prohibition against the forcible removal of the population of an occupied territory. At the very core of Zionism, there remains the steadfast belief that the expulsion of the native inhabitants of the Holy Land is a worthy state enterprise. Forget about all their propaganda, every Israeli knows exactly what the blueprint calls for — more land and less Palestinians by any means necessary.

The Israelis and their Amen Corner will deploy all kinds of words from their magic thesaurus to camouflage this transparent policy of ethnic cleansing. But there is nothing ambiguous about what’s going on here. The only ambiguity is on how the world — especially the United States — will respond. Make no mistake, the Nuts and Yahoos in Jerusalem are putting Obama to the test. It’s not a trail balloon or anything like that. It’s a declared policy to radically alter the demographics of the West Bank by expulsion and land expropriation.

In the coming days we’ll see the metal Obama is made of. The President might do absolutely nothing which the Israelis will take as a green light. He might even have the State Department issue a carefully worded statement of disapproval — which the Israelis will also mistake for a nod of approval. Or he could take a stand — as a man who has tasted the rotten fruit of racism — and do the right thing. And the right thing to do is to raise hell if a single Palestinian is deported — unless they’re deported to where they came from – Israel.

Ahmed Amr is the author of How to Steal a Billion Dollars – the Confessions of James Li. The initial draft is available free of charge on He can be reached at: Read other articles by Ahmed.

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  1. AaronG said on April 14th, 2010 at 7:29pm #

    Not long after the Jews requested a Roman governor to kill the man Jesus, one of Jesus’ followers wrote:

    “For a certainty I perceive that God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.”

    There are not too many loopholes in the above statement that allows me to be racist to my neighbour. I’m not sure which “god” the Zionists worship, but can I suggest that it is a green bit of paper with some dopey American president’s face on it?

  2. John Andrews said on April 14th, 2010 at 11:33pm #

    No US president will ever allow justice for Palestine as long as Zionists control US presidential elections.

    We all know perfectly well there is no rational argument for the Zionist cause, and that all their leaders should stand trial for human rights violations; but as long as those leaders and their supporters are allowed to bankroll US elections justice for Palestine is a lost cause.

    A solution: stop big business and multi-millionaires from financing election campaigns. Democracy should be a public service and should be paid for just like any other public service.

  3. Jonas Rand said on April 15th, 2010 at 8:41am #

    I heard about this on Democracy Now! and it seems totally unjust. The only people that would rightly be “deported” in Palestine/Israel are the Israeli Jews. I don’t believe they should be deported to Europe, but they have less of a right to be there than Palestinians, who were there in the first place.

    The same thing with Europeans in the Americas. It would be as if they tried to deport all Native Americans living elsewhere to a reservation in whatever state they lived in.

    There is a lie being peddled by the Israeli government – and it is a defamatory one as well, one which suggests that the Palestinians are foreigners. Has anyone heard the ridiculous claim that Palestinians are “glorified Jordanians” or “crossed the Jordan into the West Bank” or that Palestinian culture “only came about in 1948”. This is false – the same people have been living in Palestine since before Islam was even adopted there. An ironic, but possibly not coincidental, thing about this is that it is not the Palestinians, but the ‘Israelis’, whose cultural identity was created after 1948. Any cultural identity distinctive to Israel that is independent from that of the Jewish religion or the Hebrew language, was created after 1948. The Nazi genocide is no excuse for Israeli oppression, racism, or abuse of Palestinians. Neither, however, is this an excuse for anti-Jewish sentiment (real, not imagined).

  4. bozh said on April 15th, 2010 at 10:05am #

    There is no righteousness; or, rather, there is, but where? But, of course, in persons head?
    So, jesus’ disciple or follower was talking solely ab his righteousness. And, didn’t know that!?
    And not only that his righteousness, the righteousness 1, differs from the righeousness 2,3,4,5,x- his righteousness 1 differed from his righteousnes 1 the next yr or even next day.
    Using language in this way leads to greater understanding and calm, Natch, the ruling class avoids to impart this knowledge to kids as it wld expose priestly-political talk as selfserving and not true.

    So, when a pol talks ab democracy, laws, constitution, s/hes talking solely ab his/her democracy, laws, constitution and not mine or urs! And we all have this right, the right to believe in own justice, laws, etc., and the right to change one’s mind ab them even the next minute.

    Natch, our miseducators have taught us for millennia that one is not much of a human being if one keeps changing one’s mind.
    So we need once and for all get rid of the notion that a human is weak, flighty, untrustworthy for doing the right thing!

    All any human being can talk ab is ab his/her feelings. I am always aware of this when i write my posts. I never speak in anyone’s name, not even in god’s name.
    No, i did not discover this knowledge.
    Nor does it mean that using the language sanely and correctly wld solve all of our problems and especially in view than only 0000001% of people use such language in own thoughts and own speaking with others or even self. tnx