A different map … but the same propaganda — very awkward

It’s an apology of a sort, but the percentage Andrew highlights for Jerusalem ’46 doesn’t sound right to me:

[…] Jerusalem was 84 percent Arab in 1946 and well within Palestinian authority under the partition plan the Palestinian Arabs rejected. It is undoubtedly true that Palestinian and wider Arab refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist has been a huge part of this problem – arguably the central reason for this conflict. But it remains true to my mind that the current Israeli government needs an attitude adjustment, and soon.

In fact, Andrew’s new map comes from an anti-Zionist propaganda site, Palestinerememberd.org, subtitled “The Home Of All Ethnically Cleansed Palestinians.” So Andrew may have another bad map.

The first stats that came up when I searched, are from the Israel advocacy/propaganda site jewishvirtuallibrary.org:

When the United Nations took up the Palestine question in 1947, it recommended that all of Jerusalem be internationalized. The Vatican and many predominantly Catholic delegations pushed for this status, but a key reason for the UN decision was the Soviet Bloc’s desire to embarrass Transjordan’s King Abdullah and his British patrons.

The Jewish Agency, after much soul-searching, agreed to accept internationalization in the hope that in the short-run it would protect the city from bloodshed and the new state from conflict. Since the partition resolution called for a referendum on the city’s status after 10 years, and Jews comprised a substantial majority, the expectation was that the city would later be incorporated into Israel. The Arab states were as bitterly opposed to the internationalization of Jerusalem as they were to the rest of the partition plan. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, subsequently, declared that Israel would no longer accept the internationalization of Jerusalem.

In May 1948, Jordan invaded and occupied east Jerusalem, dividing the city for the first time in its history, and driving thousands of Jews — whose families had lived in the city for centuries — into exile. For the next 19 years, the city was split, with Israel establishing its capital in western Jerusalem and Jordan occupying the eastern section, which included the Old City and most religious shrines.

Emphasis mine. They’re getting their stats from this book:

John Oesterreicher and Anne Sinai, eds., Jerusalem, (NY: John Day, 1974), p. 14

Here is a big chunk of their chart:

It looks like there are a lot more Jews than Arabs, who seem to have moved there in the wake of the Jewish immigration and economic progress. Check out 1931 and 1948.

So whose stats are right?

Scanning through some books on GoogleBooks, Dr. Michael Dumper attempts to muddy or expand this question, by investigating what borders can be meant by “Jerusalem” and what it means to reside there. Still, the most generous interpretation of Arab numbers he says is possible yields a Jewish population of Jerusalem slightly greater than the Arab population in 1946.

I’ll do some checking but the idea that Andrew would take from the palestineremembered site without any thought that he was setting himself up for an embarrassment or loads of accusations is a bit weird.

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