By Ben White

Palestinians in Israel considers a key factor missed by way of the professional "peace technique" and such a lot mainstream commentators: that of the turning out to be Palestinian minority inside of Israel itself. What the Israeli right-wing calls "the demographic problem," Ben White identifies as "the democratic problem," which works to the center of the clash. Israel defines itself now not as a kingdom of its electorate, yet as a Jewish nation, regardless of the titanic and extending Palestinian inhabitants. White demonstrates how the constant emphasis on privileging one ethno-religious team over one other can't be noticeable as suitable with democratic values and that, except addressed, will undermine any makes an attempt to discover an enduring peace. person case stories are used to enrich this deeply trained learn into the nice, unstated contradiction of Israeli democracy. it's a pioneering contribution with a view to spark debate between all these eager about a solution to the Israel/Palestine clash

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It was bad enough living in the village were you could almost feel their presence, where part of their possessions were left behind, with their store rooms filled with last seasons’ crop. [ ... ] If all this wasn’t enough to destroy our ideological balloon, there was a problem of what to do with the mosque [ ... 8 But there was never any doubt that the sheer scale of the land and property belonging to expelled Palestinians was going to require a comprehensive legal solution. 17 The Law placed all property belonging to the Palestinian refugees in the hands of a Custodian of Absentee Property.

It was bad enough living in the village were you could almost feel their presence, where part of their possessions were left behind, with their store rooms filled with last seasons’ crop. [ ... ] If all this wasn’t enough to destroy our ideological balloon, there was a problem of what to do with the mosque [ ... 8 But there was never any doubt that the sheer scale of the land and property belonging to expelled Palestinians was going to require a comprehensive legal solution. 17 The Law placed all property belonging to the Palestinian refugees in the hands of a Custodian of Absentee Property.

16 This is the key point: the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian catastrophe, the Nakba, is what enabled a Jewish majority to be created at all. The context for even speaking of the ‘Palestinian minority’ in Israel is that they were, until 1948, the majority – and that today, in all of Palestine/Israel, Palestinians are at least on parity with the number of Jews. Figure 1 Demographics in Palestine/Israel (Mandate Palestine). (Source: Malkit Shoshan, Atlas of the Conflict – Israel-Palestine, pp.

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