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Demographics Refute Genocide Theories

Pexels | Haley Black
Pexels | Haley Black

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “genocide” is defined as the “deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group”. In 1948, the Arab population in Israel numbered 156,000; today, it exceeds 2.1 million. Similarly, Gaza’s Arab population has grown from 80,000 to 2 million during the same period. An analysis of demographic data reveals a substantial increase in both Israeli-Arab and Gazan populations over the past decades, unequivocally indicating the absence of any systematic extermination campaign.

The research conducted by esteemed scholar Sergio Dellapergola indicates that in 1948, Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen collectively had a Jewish population of 978,000. Presently, this number has decreased significantly to less than 12,000.

The term “genocide” carries profound historical significance and a precise definition that should not allow for misinterpretation or manipulation. While perspectives on the State of Israel, by the way, the only democracy in the Middle East, are diverse, transitioning from political criticism to allegations of genocide is not only inaccurate but also irresponsible and indicative of Judeophobia.

It is imperative to acknowledge that the allegations accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza are unfounded and inaccurate, these claims trivialize the gravity of what truly constitutes genocide under International Law. Israel, as a Nation actively engaged in efforts to combat radical Islamic terrorism and restore peace to its region, finds itself at the center of preposterous accusations.

Regarding Israel’s actions, opinions vary. However, there is a threshold that distinguishes opinion from slander. To accuse Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinian people overlooks the intentionality and the essential element of “systematic elimination”, which defines genocide.

Very sadly, the understanding of genocide has primarily been shaped by historical examples rather than legal analysis, numerous instances serve as testament to this. True genocides include those committed by the Turks against the Armenians, the Hutus against the Tutsis in Rwanda, Pol Pot in Cambodia, Srebrenica against the Bosnians, or ISIS against the Yazidis. The previous instances demonstrate an intent to annihilate a group of the population, unlike the situation with Israeli Arabs, in which statistical data indicates that they are actively engaged in society, enjoying full civil and political rights. Additionally, Arabs hold prestigious positions in government, the judiciary, the Israeli Defense Forces, and well-known companies.

Israel possesses a substantial military arsenal, underscoring its formidable defensive capabilities. However, it is imperative to acknowledge that the State of Israel has not pursued the extermination of innocent civilians. This restraint is evident despite its capacity to exert overwhelming force if so desired. Critics who speculate about a genocidal intent must confront an uncomfortable paradox: even under the hypothetical assumption of such an intent, any such objective is far from being realized, given the demographic data showing a marked increase in the Palestinian population from 1948 to the present. This growth fundamentally contradicts the accusations that Israel is engaged in genocide, illustrating not only the baselessness of such claims but also the complexity of the geopolitical dynamics in the region.

The Judeophobic narrative disregards the history of the Middle East and the complexity of the conflict. Israel has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to negotiate and achieve peace, even in the face of existential threats and ongoing aggression. Israel is a Nation built on resilience, seeking to ensure the security and prosperity of its population —Jewish and Arab alike— while steadfastly upholding democratic and humanitarian principles. The accusation of genocide, then, not only distorts the defense of Western values upon which the free world is built, but also diverts attention from the real challenges in the region.

Despite its considerable military capacity, Israel has shown exemplary restraint. The State of Israel has employed its advanced technology not for annihilation but has developed defensive systems to protect its citizens from palpable and imminent threats. The discrepancy between Israel’s defensive actions and the tactics of Islamic terrorist groups is apparent and must be considered in any analysis of the current situation.

Even during peaks of confrontation, Israel has maintained a consistent humanitarian policy, providing medical assistance and aid to the Palestinian civilian population. Even on October 7, Israeli hospitals continued to treat patients irrespective of their origins, including those who carried out attacks, reflecting a commitment to universal humanitarian values. In times of war, when misinformation prevails, it is precisely Israel’s humanitarian response that should be highlighted, rather than proclaiming unfounded accusations.

While scrutiny and debate are fundamental in any free society, baseless genocide claims undermine the legitimacy of public discourse and hinder efforts toward lasting peace. For those who propagate false accusations of genocide, it is crucial to consider not only their lack of accuracy but also their underlying motivations. The spread of such assertions often reveals an antisemitic stance, historical ignorance, and a misunderstanding of International Law. Essential dialogue about Israel and Hamas must be based on reliable data, not on prejudices or harmful myths.

Finally, those who vehemently accuse Israel of genocide, while they should condemn organizations like Hamas for their violent acts, often display their hatred and tacit support for terrorism, exposing a disturbing tendency to judge through a lens of prejudice rather than justice.

About the Author
Lawyer, Law School Profesor, Zionist activist, and writer, specializing in the geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East. His work, published in various esteemed journals, focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, offering in-depth analyses that blend historical, legal, and ethical insights. Known for his ability to unravel complex geopolitical issues, he provides insightful and nuanced viewpoints on contemporary challenges in the region.
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