Israeli report proposes displacing Gaza Palestinians to Egyptian desert

Israel-Palestine conflict

Published 4 July 2024
- By Editorial Staff
A Palestinian family flees their home.

As early as the fall of 2023, the Israeli Ministry of Intelligence recommended the permanent transfer of the Palestinian population of Gaza to the Egyptian desert. Such a transfer would “yield positive and long term strategic results”, it proclaimed.

The advisory document envisions a three stage process including the establishment of tent cities in Sinai and opening of humanitarian corridor, followed by construction of cities in northern Sinai from which there would be no return”, WikiLeaks notes.

The proposal also calls for Israel to create a “no man’s land” several kilometers deep on Egyptian territory to ensure that no Palestinian can ever return.

It also recommends that European and Arab countries also take in large numbers of Palestinian refugees displaced by Israel.

750,000 displaced

Another Israeli report by the Misgav Institute, headed by former Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, has already come to similar conclusions, stating that “There is currently a unique and rare opportunity to evacuate the entire Gaza Strip in coordination with the Egyptian government”.

The displacement of the entire Palestinian population of Gaza is further described as “sustainable and economically feasible” and allegedly in line with the “geopolitical interests” of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

It should also be noted that this is not the first time that Israel has displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, who are then never allowed to return to their former homes. In 1948, an estimated 750,000 Arabs in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine were expelled from their homes and forced to flee to Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and their return has been actively prevented by Israel ever since.

Today, it is estimated that about two-thirds of Gaza’s population are refugees or descendants of refugees from other parts of historic Palestine, and there is widespread fear of being forced to leave their homes again for good.

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