Has Israel engaged in genocide against Arabs?

Dear Prosecutor at the [International Criminal Court]

Further to our application for urgent relief for continuing crimes against humanity, and our [previous claims], and our details and evidence of Zionist leaders’ (declared) genocidal intent and acts against the indigenous population of Palestine before the creation of the State of Israel

– The Prevention of Genocide and other Grave Crimes against Humanity against Palestinians, National Lawyers Guild, ICC Press Release Update, 4 March 2015

Overview of the truth

This is perhaps the most odious claim made by Israel’s detractors. The 20th century saw some of the most harrowing genocides man has inflicted on man. Six million Jews perished in the holocaust, 7.5 million people killed in the Holodomor, 3 million dead in Cambodia and in the shadow of these crimes Israel’s opponents attempt to suggest a similar injustice is being inflicted on the Palestinians – this is dishonour to the real victims of genocide.

  • No genocide has taken place against Palestinians or Israeli Arabs and both populations have continued to grow
  • Israel offers complete equality to its Arab citizens
  • Arab leaders have continuously called for genocide against Jews

There was no genocide against the Palestinians

More than one million Arabs live as free and equal citizens in Israel. They were 20% of the population in 1948 and today they remain 20%. A genocide is the systematic destruction of all or a significant part of a people, the numbers attest to the fact no genocide is taking place within Israel’s borders.

One could try and suggest a genocide is taking place in the disputed territories, but here too the Palestinian population has continued to grow exponentially. In Gaza, for example, the population increased from 731,000 in July 1994 to 1.8 million in 2014, an increase of 148 percent. The total Palestinian population in all the disputed territories was 1,006,000 and today is 4,019,000 – thats a 300 percent increase.

If the Israelis are, or have ever been, interested in genocide, they are utterly incompetent as despite having one of the most powerful military forces in the world the Palestinian population has grown at a faster rate than almost any other people.

Israel preserves Arab culture and people

Though Israel was envisioned by its founders as a land where Jews could escape antisemitic persecution, their vision included coexistence with the local non-Jewish populations. Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, specifically called for integration and warned against racism in his vision of the Jewish state. 1 Upon Israel’s creation, its Declaration of Independence called on its Arab inhabitants to “participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship”.

Today, Arabs constitute 20% of the population. They have equal voting rights and their own political parties, serve on the Israeli Knesset, Cabinet, and Supreme Court; hold diplomatic positions. They are granted all fundamental civil liberties, including freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly, and in fact enjoy more civil rights than Arabs living in any other Middle Eastern country. For example, Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Arab homosexuals can live without fear of prosecution, resulting in hundreds of Palestinian gays fleeing to Israel.2

Quotes from Zionist leaders about Arabs
  • “Palestine must be built up without violating the legitimate interests of the Arabs – not a hair of their heads shall be touched”
    Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, addressing the Fourteenth Zionist Congress in Vienna, 1925 3
  • “There must not be one law for the Jew and another for the Arabs….In saying this, I do not assume that there are tendencies toward inequality or discrimination. It is merely a timely warning which is particularly necessary because we shall have a very large Arab minority.”
    Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, in his autobiography (Trial and Error, p566), December 1947
  • “In the Jewish State, Jews will not have any right that is denied to Arabs, Greeks, or Armenians, if they are residents and citizens of the the State. Every citizen, Jewish, Arab or any other will be eligible to be elected to be president, prime minister, a justice of the high court or any other government office, important or minor… We will need to concern ourselves with health and education, development and all the other services for Arab villages, no less than for those Jewish villages.”
    David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, a 1947 address to the JNF 4
  • “We do not want to create a situation like that which exists in South Africa, where the whites are the owners and rulers, and the blacks are the workers. If we do not do all kinds of work, easy and hard, skilled and unskilled, if we become merely landlords, then this will not be our homeland”
    David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, to Palestinian nationalist Musa Alami 1934 5
  • We do not wish, we do not need to expel the Arabs and take their place. All our aspirations are built upon the assumption — proven throughout all our activity in the Land — that there is enough room in the country for ourselves and the Arabs.David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, Letter to his son Amos, 5 October 1937
  • “This rally must send a message to the Israeli people, to the Jewish people around the world, to the many people in the Arab world, and indeed to the entire world, that the Israeli people want peace, support peace. For this, I thank you.”
    Yitzhak Rabin, the fifth and tenth Prime Minister of Israel, his last speech, Nov. 5, 1995
  • “It is founded on the ideas which are a common product of all civilized nations. … It would be immoral if we would exclude anyone, whatever his origin, his descent, or his religion, from participating in our achievements. For we stand on the shoulders of other civilized peoples. … What we own we owe to the preparatory work of other peoples. Therefore, we have to repay our debt. There is only one way to do it, the highest tolerance. Our motto must therefore be, now and ever: ‘Man, you are my brother.'”
    Theodor Herzl, Altneuland

The real attempted genocide was against the Jews


While Israel’s detractors fabricate libels of genocide, they overlook a genocide that was attempted in full view of the world. Nations like Jordan forbade Jews to live there, “Any man will be a Jordanian subject if he is not Jewish” 6, nations like Algeria expelled their Jews 7 and there Jewish massacres in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. Many Arab leaders lusted for the annihilation of the Jewish people and when Hitler introduced the Nuremberg Race Laws many of them sent messages of congratulations.8 The Grand Mufti went on to work closely with the Nazi’s setting up a German division of the Waffen SS. Yet throughout this period the Zionist leaders called for protection and total equality of Arabs in the future Jewish state. When we reflect on the tones of Zionist and Arab leaders – even a fool can see where the genocidal aspirations lay.

Quotes from Arab leaders about Jews
  • “I declare a holy war, my Moslem brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all.”
    – Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and leader of the Palestinian people, 1947 9
  • “There are fifty million Arabs, what does it matter if we lose 10 million people to kill all the Jews. The price is worth it”
    Ibn Saud, first ruler of Saudi Arabia 10
  • “All Arabs shall arise and annihilate the Jews. We shall fill the sea with their corpses.”
    Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood
  • “This will be a war of extermination, a momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”
    Azzam Pasha, the General Secretary of the Arab League 11
  • “Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: The Jews are yours.”
    Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti, in his memoirs edited by Abd al-Karim al-Umar, Damascus in 1999 12
  • The Grand Mufti came out unconditionally for the “final solution of the Jewish question”, calling on the Germans to wipe out all Jews, “not even sparing the children”
    Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti, on meeting the Nazi Ambassador to Iran – Erwin Ettel, 25 June 1942 13
  • “the Muslims inside and outside Palestine welcome the new regime of Germany and hope for the extension of the fascist, anti-democratic governmental system to other countries.”
    Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti, to the German Consul in Jerusalem, 1933 14
  • “Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel”
    Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt, in a statement to Arab Trade Unionists, 26 May 1967
  • “Strike the enemy’s settlements, turn them into dust, pave the Arab roads with the skulls of Jews”
    Hafez al-Assad, Prime Minister of Syria 15
  • “Whoever survives will stay in Palestine, but in my opinion, no-one will remain alive.”
    Ahmed Shuqayri, PLO founder, Al-Yawm, Lebanon, June 3, 1967 16
  • “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”
    Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, Daily Star, Lebanon, October 23, 2002
  • “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.”
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, during a meeting with organizers of the International Conference for Support of the Intifada, 15 February 2001
  • “In due time the Islamic world will have a military nuclear device, and then the strategy of the West would reach a dead end, since one bomb is enough to destroy all Israel.”
    Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran, December 200117
  • “By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews”
    Abdel Aziz Rantisi, co-founder of Hamas, June 10, 200318
  • “Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion”
    Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti, Radio Berlin, March 1, 1944 19
  • “The Nazi Jews tried different methods… Let everyone know that Hamas is only against Jews and those twisted in their manner… it realizes the Jews’ methods in trying to cause hostility and friction between people… We should lend punches to the Jews wherever possible [to commemorate Muhammad’s defeat of one of the Jewish tribes of Arabia].”
    Hamas communiqué, 8 September 1988


While the Arab rulers sought the annihilation of Jews around the world. The Arabs of Israel flourished in a land where they had total equality with Jews. Today less than 1% of the original Jewish inhabitants of Arab lands remain, while 20% of Israel’s population is Arab. Too many of Israel’s antagonists – blinded by hatred – have overlooked the genocidal tendencies of the Arab rulers. This injustice needs rectifying, the truth must be known.

Learn more truths about Palestinian refugees:


1. Theodor Herzl, Altneuland
2. Palestinian gays flee to Israel, BBC, 22 October, 2003
3. Quoted in “Cross Roads to Israel – Christopher Sykes, p121”
4. Quoted in “The Case for Israel – Alan Dershowitz, p34”
5. Quoted in “Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs: From Peace to War – Shabtai Teveth, p140”
6. Jordanian Nationality Law, Official Gazette, No. 1171, Article 3(3) of Law No. 6, 1954
7. Algerian Nationality Code, Law no. 63-69 of Mar. 27, 1963, section 34
8. “Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice”, Bernard Lewis, 1999, p148
9. Quoted in “Myths and facts 1982; a Concise Record of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Leonard J. Davis and M. Decter, p199”
10. Quoted in “A History of the Middle East, Saul S. Friedman, p248”
11. Quoted in “Palestine Betrayed, Efraim Karsh, p209”
12. Quoted in “The Case for Israel – Alan Dershowitz, p55”
13. Quoted in “World Fascism: A Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1, Cyprian Blamires, p497”
14. Quoted in “The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism, Chuck Morse, p33”
15. Quoted in “Six Days of War, Michael B. Oren, p293”
16. Quoted in “Did Shuqayri Call For ‘Throwing the Jews into the Sea?’, Moshe Shemesh, p72”
17. The Iranian broadcast agency released two versions of Rafsanjani’s remarks, which were made during a Friday sermon on Quds Day at a mosque on the campus of Tehran University. See “Quds Day Speech: Chairman of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani” Tehran, Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran Radio 1, 14 December 2001, “Iran Expediency Council Office Says Israel Distorted its Chairman’s Remarks, 2002 BBC Monitoring International Reports, 2 January 2002
18. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, reported by the Jerusalem Post, 10 June 2003
19. Quoted in “Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger, Robert Wistrich, p47”