Deporting Jews from Gaza
Ilia Sokolinski, Boston, MA
It is not a secret that Sharon’s
Disengagement plan is a bad one. After all, it took Sharon a
long time to convince US that it makes any sense to withdraw
under terrorist fire and to turn Gaza over to Hamas and Fatah’s
A few weeks ago Shin Bet head Avi
Dichter told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
that after Israel’s pullout from Gaza West Bank will turn into
Gaza and southern Israel will turn into south Lebanon (Jerusalem
Post of January 4th, 2004).
recent Knesset Interior Committee hearings Home Front Command
official, Col. Uzi Buchbinder told the committee that after
disengagement 46 communities within 7 km of the Gaza Strip will
be at risk of from infiltration and rocket attacks. Kassam
rockets would be able to hit the southern outskirts of Ashkelon,
where there are strategic power stations of Rottenberg and Katza
that provide over 23 percent of the country's electrical supply.
According to Ashkelon Mayor Roni Mehatzri 5,000 to 10,000
residents will be in danger from Kassam hits. Mordechai Yogev
from the National Security Forum predicted that Kassam rockets
could also strike Afula, Beit She'an, Pardes Hanna and Hadera (Jerusalem
Post of January 11th, 2004).
However, these security threats,
as grave as they are, are not the worst consequences of the
disengagement. Most people don’t seem to realize the full
re-precautions of the Sharon’s plan for all Jews in Israel and
even the world. Deportation of 8000 Jews from their homes tells
the world that Jews are a group of people that can be deported.
Jews even agree to deport themselves if needed.
Remember, when Israel’s Security
Fence had to be rerouted because it interfered with lives of
several thousand “Palestinian” Arabs? Imagine what outcry of
“International Community” would have occurred if Israel decided
to move these Arabs deeper into PA controlled territory
(providing them with financial compensation, of course). Israel
would have been accused of War Crimes and Ethnic Cleansing and
But Jews? Deporting Jews from
their homes where they lived for 30 years and where Jewish
communities existed for centuries? That is not Ethnic Cleansing.
In fact it is not a big deal at all. You see, Jews are movable.
They are used to being expelled from the places that they live.
They have been expelled from various countries dozens if not
hundreds of times.
So if Jews could be deported from
Gaza, they could also be deported from Haifa, from Tel-Aviv/Jaffo,
from Jerusalem and from any other town in Israel.
The main and in fact the only
argument for the Disengagement that I saw is that “there is no
future for 8000 Jews in Gaza among 1.2 million Arabs”. But by
the same logic there is no future for 5 million Jews of Israel
among 350 million Arabs around them. So perhaps, we should
deport all Jews from Israel – this will certainly solve a lot of
problems in the Middle East and save a lot of money for the US
taxpayers too. After all, saving money on “security for Gaza
settlers” is another argument for the Disengagement that is
We can place all those Israeli
Jews on Long Island, in New Jersey, or on Madagascar for
example. In fact this is exactly what some of the
pro-Palestinian activists in US and Europe are advocating for.