pugsville wrote: There was no massive Arab immigration during the mandate period. We have the births and deaths figures recorded by the British and reported to the league of Nations each year, it simply refutes the idea.
This has been refuted by anyone who has looked at the actual data.
Can you say who refute that?
I just talked to a professor in the Ben Guryon university who studies the bedouines. He suggests the the bedouines in Israel came and went in 3 waves. The current bedouines in the southern Israel migrated from Saudia around the 18th centuary. Aside to his research datagroup he also suggests that the Arabs in Israel as a whole are a mixture of migrated and locals who were of all kinds- including Islamized Jews. But there was a very hard mix all the years between "Israel" and Syria-Lebanon-Egypt region. Where the Arabs from the shore <Gaza--Jaffa> are mainly Egyptians; the Arabs from the north are mixture of locals and Syrians and even Europeans.
Although he focuses at the 18th -19th centuary, a second serious demographic positive impact was done during the British mandate. Based on what do you say there was no positive Arab immigration?. We do aware that the Arab population was never checked properly nor recorded properly. Even today no one knows If there are 2 or 3.5 million Arabs in Samaria (!), sure not back than, whereas the Jewish population was recorded up to every step. The Brits counted and restricted Jews alone, where their statistics of Arabs are more general, mainly counting their presense once they are here. I am aware of this lack of data gap, but we do see heavy positive migration of Arabs near Jewish settlements all the time during the Mandate (that was noted) and their estimated growthrate was distinguishly higher than regional growthrate under the same mandate. 2.5% refers to 1% just few hills away. And we do see many Arabs say they immigrated. Yasser Arafat was in fact born in Egypt and became the Palestinian most famous leader.. Hamas leaders today said they are Egyptian in youtube videos. pugsville, can you note who refute this?