From Time Immemorial

I read this book – From Time Immemorial – I think the premise of the book is sound but some statistics might be skewed. Yes, there was a migration of Arabs and Jews into “Palestine” roughly around the same time frames that each population groups had migrated into Israel / Palestine.
As Daniel Pipes asks in review of the book: “Why a separate definition [of refugee] for the Palestinians? In this case, however, it is someone who had lived in Palestine for just two years before the flight that began in 1948.”

“Miss Peters’s central thesis is that a substantial immigration of Arabs to Palestine took place during the first half of the twentieth century.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine is a controversial 1984 book by Joan Peters about the demographics of the Arab population of Palestine and of the Jewish population of the Arab world before and after the formation of the State of Israel.

According to Peters a large fraction of the Arabs of Palestine were not descendants of natives of Palestine at the time of the formation of Israel in 1948, but had arrived in waves of immigration starting in the 19th century and continuing through the period of the British Mandate. Peters contends that at the same time a much larger number of Jews than the number of Arabs fleeing Palestine, were driven out of the Arab countries and became refugees in Israel. She argues that what is referred to the 1948 Palestinian exodus is actually a population exchange that resulted from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

About johnmhummasti

Was the victim of Human Rights Abuses (e.g. Hummasti v Bell, 98-3651-JTC) while a patient in the custody of the US Attorney General and hospitalized under 18 USC 4241 through 4244, et seq.! Interests: Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Dead Sea (Yam Melek [Sea of Kings Soferim]) Scrolls, Scribal (Stam Sofer) Traditions, Cantorial (Hazzan) Psalms (Tehillim). Illustrated Calligraphy (e.g. Ketuvim [Jewish Marriage Contracts], Poetry). Self Published Manuscripts and Screen Plays at yhummastiscribd web site:
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1 Response to From Time Immemorial

  1. If it is a population exchange much like India and Pakistan population exchange then why not allow some of the Palestinian Arabs to acquire nationality in their host countries? Israel absorbed it’s Jewish refugee population from Arab and Persian lands, so why can’t the Arab states and Iran [which drove their Jewish population out] absorb it’s Palestinian Arab [predominately Muslim] refugee population? Does UN Resolution 194 stand as a barrier to accomplishing this task? Or do we defer to the judgment of the UN??? Restitution and Recompensation should be a starting point under Res. 194 Section 11 since the Palestinian refugees have not been reabsorbed into Israel proper. These nations who hold the Palestinian refugees “hostage” while demanding a right of return should at least seek Restitution and Recompensation for this victim population. But that would expose them to their own liability for expulsion of their Jewish population ….


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