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February 27, 2007

Ethnic Cleansing Means Increasing Population?

Ilan Pappe

Israeli revisionist historian Ilan Pappe claimed recently on Sky TV that "an ethnic cleansing [of Palestinians] is taking place in the greater Jerusalem area," adding that "The evidence is abundant."

Apparently Pappe missed this "evidence" summarized from a Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies report:

Overall, Arabs will constitute 40 percent of the city's population by then. The 245,000 Arabs living in the city in 2005, the last data available, make up 34% of the capital's 720,000 residents, with Jews the remaining 475,000 (66%).

The annual growth rate of the Jewish population in Jerusalem is only 2.7%, far behind the Arab's rate of 3.4%. At the end of 1967, Jerusalem's population was 266,000, with 68,600 Arabs (26%) and 197,700 Jews (74%).

Since the Six-Day War, the Arab population in the city has had a growth rate of 257% compared to a Jewish rate of 140%.

Posted by GI at February 27, 2007 04:25 PM


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