Did Zionism Replace Palestinians?
The Arab population between the river and the sea has only increased since the advent of Zionism, and Palestinian national identity has only grown stronger. In reality, anti-Zionists strive to “replace” Jewish national identity.
As Jewish immigrants settled in the British Mandate for Palestine between World War I and World War II, so did Arab immigrants from surrounding areas. The Arab population between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea more than doubled during that time period. Because these two peoples – Jews and Palestinian Arabs – developed their own national movements, in 1947, the United Nations General Assembly suggested a partition of the land based on population. The Palestinian Arab leaders rejected the plan and started a war. This pattern has continued ever since. Nothing about Zionism necessitates the “erasure” of the Palestinians, nor does it preclude creating a Palestinian state.