Israeli Minister Backs ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Plan to Empty Gaza

Israeli Army via Reuters

Amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Israeli lawmakers have started openly calling for Palestinian refugees to leave their homes and be taken in by Western countries—a policy which some have criticized as ethnic cleansing.

Bezalel Smotrich, Israel’s far-right finance minister, on Tuesday said the “voluntary migration” of Palestinians out of Gaza is the “right humanitarian solution” for both the enclave and the wider region. His comments backed an idea expressed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by two other Israeli lawmakers which called for countries to “accept limited numbers of Gazan families who have expressed a desire to relocate.”

The Journal piece published Monday was written by Danny Danon, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.N., and Ram Ben-Barak, a onetime deputy director to the intelligence agency Mossad. “We simply need a handful of the world’s nations to share the responsibility of hosting Gazan residents,” the piece argued. “Even if countries took in as few as 10,000 people each, it would help alleviate the crisis.” The article did not address what should happen to Gaza after the crisis had ended.

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Source: The Daily Beast

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