Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Jerusalem Ethnic Cleansing: Still Doing It Wrong

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said that the deputy mayor of Jerusalem had endorsed “ethnic cleansing.”

“Ethnic cleansing is a serious crime, and tepid discouragements or expressions of concern from the Biden administration fall drastically short of what this moment calls for,” according to Omar Baddar, an Arab-American analyst.

We really don’t do this “ethnic cleansing” thing very well, do we?

In the year 2000, there were 197,000 Muslims in Jerusalem. And in 2021 – still under Israeli control and presumably subject to a policy of ethnic cleansing – that number was about 321,000.

Is there a word for the opposite of ethnic cleansing?

But let’s do what those who are oh-so-concerned-about-Palestinians insist and take a look at the “broader context”.

From 1910 until 1946, the non-Jewish population of Jerusalem went from 24,900 to 65,100. That’s a total net growth of 40,200 in 35 years, or 161 percent. Not bad at all for a city under British colonial occupation.

Then, in 1948, Jerusalem came under Jordanian occupation for 19 years, until 1967. During that time it had a near-zero or zero non-Jewish population growth. And no Jewish population growth at all, since there were no Jews left after Jordan’s thorough ethnic cleansing of the city.

In 1967, Jerusalem came under exclusive Israeli sovereignty. At the time, there were about 68,600 non-Jews in the city.

Ah, but then, the real ethnic cleansing started.

Within just 20 years, the non-Jewish population of Jerusalem was about 135,000. Meaning, it almost doubled. In 20 years. Compared to 161% growth in 35 years of British occupation and near-zero growth under Arab occupation.

But it gets infinitely worse. You see, from 1948 until June 1967, under Jordanian rule, net emigration of Arabs from Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank) skyrocketed. The population of areas currently defined as “Palestinian” declined drastically.

After Israel took over the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, however, a curious thing happened – Arabs stopped leaving Judea and Samaria. Net emigration dropped. Arab infant mortality in those regions dropped, as well.

Yet, all of this increasing of Arab populations, improving of their medical care, lowering of their infant mortality rate, and giving them land, guns and money will not succeed in concealing Israeli ethnic cleansing from the perceptive eyes of Ilhan Omar, assorted leftists, and anti-Jewish terrorism apologists – but I repeat myself.

On the other hand, after making sure the Arab population of Israel (including Judea, Samaria and Gaza) increased steadily, with ever lower levels of infant mortality, for 43 years, then came the master stroke of ethnic cleansing.

When the Jews gave the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza partial autonomy in 1994, there was a surge in Arabs fleeing life under the rule of the newly minted Palestinian Authority. Not only that, but once the jihadists of Hamas became prominent in 2006, the self-initiated ethnic cleansing (of Arabs) increased even further.

So, yeah, I guess Omar and friends are right in a way: Israel triggered some serious ethnic cleansing – by conceding land to the Palestinians.

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Nissan Ratzlav-Katz is an experienced marketing communications professional, as well as a published columnist and former senior opinion page editor. He can be reached at
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