Thursday, March 10, 2005

The 'demographic problem' in the 'Jewish state': "In view of the fact that a greying Jewish-Israeli population has a birth rate of about 2 children per family, while the Palestinian birth rate in an overwhelmingly young population averages about 4 children for Arabs in Israel proper, about 5 children in the West Bank, and 6+ children in the Gaza Strip - the trend is undeniable. EI's analysis notes that, "Israeli demographers have long predicted that in the next several years, Palestinians would once again become a majority in all of historic Palestine, with the risk that Israel would begin to be viewed as an apartheid state where an empowered minority rules over an effectively disenfranchised majority".

"In fact, right-wing Israeli demographer Arnon Sofer contended in December 2003 that there was already a non-Jewish majority (soon to be an outright Arab majority) in Israel and the Occupied Territories. And now the U.S. State Department apparently agrees with that assessment."

Meanwhile, "An article calling for the castration of Israeli Arabs as a means of fighting terrorism was published last week in the leading Israeli-Russian daily Novosti. The article, called 'How To Force Them To Leave' and written by Marian Belenki, one of the paper's prominent journalists, said that the threat of castration may be strong enough to encourage the Arabs to leave the country.

"The author also proposed that the Chinese method for lowering birth rates be implemented in Israel for the Arab population in order to lower their birth rates. According to this method, people who have more than one child are deprived of various benefits, lose their jobs, and are under threat of exile. Cash prizes for young men who voluntarily agree to the castration will also be provided, according to the proposed method.... what is even more surprising than the fact that the piece got published, is that the paper did not receive any responses from readers or public representatives of the Russian community. It should be noted that the paper is one of two leading dailies of the Russian community in Israel."

You couldn't make this stuff up. It sounds like something out of The Onion, but its all for real.

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