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The Future is Palestinian: On Sumud and Benny Morris’ Prophecies

21 11 12

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, prominent Israeli historian Benny Morris predicted a grim future for his country.

“This place will deteriorate into a Middle Eastern state with an Arab majority,” he said referring to Israel and Palestine. “The violence between various populations inside the state will continue to increase … The Arabs will demand the return of the refugees. The Jews will remain as a small minority in a large Arab sea of Palestinians – a persecuted minority or a slaughtered minority, as it was when they lived in Arab countries.”

“In another 30 to 50 years, they will overcome us, one way or another,” he added.

It doesn’t matter whether Morris’ prediction was meant to manipulate existing fears among his countrymen, to hype the sense of victimisation that continues to define the collective Israeli Jewish mindset or to communicate his honest feelings.

Either way, his statement explains why Israel acts against the Palestinian identity with such a great sense of urgency, intensifying attacks on Palestinian culture, speeding up annexation of Palestinian land, expanding Jewish settlements and Jewish-only roads, renaming streets and marginalising the Arabic language.

For Israel, erasing Palestine and writing the Palestinian people out of the history of their homeland have always been a strategic endeavour.

“Considered as a major accomplishment of modern Jewish........

© Middle East Monitor