Palestinians are a ‘demographic’ threat to Israel, say leading advocates

 

Then U.S. ambassador Daniel Shapiro, delivering a speech to an Israeli thinktank in 2016. Shapiro now works at that thinktank.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Then U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, delivering a speech to an Israeli thinktank in 2016. Shapiro now works at that thinktank.  (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)
Liberal supporters of Israel warn of Jews being overwhelmed by Palestinian births.

By Philip Weiss | Mondoweiss  |  Apr 28, 2020

… it is ‘important’ to consider whether Palestinians are becoming a majority in the land between the river and the sea, and in Israel itself…

The “demographic” argument for a two-state solution is the expressed fear that Jews will become a minority in Israel, and so the “Jewish people” will lose a claim to sovereignty.

It is explicitly a racial argument about Jews being overwhelmed by Palestinian births, or voters, and it is one that ought to be very hard to advance in mainstream U.S. forums. The scholar Ian Lustick lately confessed his shame at making the demographic argument for a two-state solution. It was a “deal with the devil,” Lustick said. “My mother would not approve.”

Well– here are two leading American Zionist organizations that consider themselves enlightened but that have recently advanced that unseemly argument.

First, Israel Policy Forum issued a report in February on possible outcomes of the conflict signed by purported liberal Americans – Obama ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote the foreword, Shira Efron and Evan Gottesman wrote the report– that says it is “important” to consider whether Palestinians are becoming a majority in the land between the river and the sea, and in Israel itself, and offered observations of Jewish and Palestinian “fertility” rates as if that’s an acceptable way to look at things.

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