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Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

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So much for a Jewish majority state

Zionism, we have a credibility and morality problem:

Jews no longer constitute a majority in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, according to an expert on Jewish demographics.

Prof. Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that Jews – as defined by the government – now number less than half of the total population in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

“If people ask when Jews will lose their majority, then it’s already happened,” DellaPergola said. “If one combines the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, includes foreign workers and refugees, whose numbers have grown rapidly in recent years, and omits Israelis who made aliya under the Law of Return but are not recognized as Jews by the Interior Ministry, then Jews are slightly less than 50% of the population.”

The finding is potentially significant in the context of efforts to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians.

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon made a late-life political turnaround, unilaterally dismantling the entire Gaza Strip settlement enterprise and trending toward separation from the Palestinians in parts of the West Bank, out of a concern that, in the absence of separation, demographics could leave the Jews as a minority between the river and the sea, with implications for the Jewish nation’s sovereign capacity to determine its future. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who last year conditionally backed Palestinian statehood, has also often cited concerns about Israel maintaining a strong Jewish majority.

The 2008 Palestinian census found 3.76 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, up 30% from 2.89 million a decade earlier.

Within Israel, according to Central Bureau of Statistics figures issued last year, there were 5,569,200 Jews – 75.5 percent of the population.

While DellaPergola says that Jews are already a minority between the River and the Sea, some critics charge that figures for the number of Palestinians living in the West Bank are exaggerated by hundreds of thousands due to double counting of the population of east Jerusalem, who appear in both the Israeli and the Palestinian census, and by including people living abroad who possess local identification cards.

On Tuesday, DellaPergola released a report conducted on behalf of the North American Jewish Data Bank in collaboration with the Jewish Federations of North America. He estimated the number of Jews around the world at 13,428,300.

More than 80% of Jews live in two countries: Israel and the US. The Jewish state has an estimated 5,703,700 of them, whereas about 5,275,000 are in America.

DellaPergola said he had used a social categorization to estimate the number of Jews.

“I didn’t go by the Halacha,” he explained. “Instead, I used a social definition to determine the core population: Someone who identifies as Jewish and those with Jewish parents who have no other religion.”

Using a broader, ethnic definition, DellaPergola believes there may be as many as 14 million people with Jewish ancestry outside of Israel who could make aliya under the Law of Return.

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  • Dear Antony,

    You are performing welldone Sense of Duty. Thanks again for shaking big walls

  • thanks for posting this! i read about how this was going to happen, many years ago in a mainstream publication back before the american media was not fully enslaved to Zionism. this really needs to get around, most people don't understand this at all and i agree it would change the way people view the project and validity of Zionism. i have several Israeli friends, and none of them are observant and two of them are outright self-defined as not "Jewish" in terms of religious belief. i long for the day when the state of Israel gives up trying to be the world's most senseless theocracy. it will come. and peace will follow. 

  • iResistDe4iAm

    "Using a broader, ethnic definition, DellaPergola believes there may be as many as 14 million people with Jewish ancestry outside of Israel who could make aliya under the Law of Return" – The Jerusalem Post 

     

    Using an indigenous definition, there are 11 million Palestinians from the area now known as Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. More than half of the Palestinians (including descendents) are refugees who have been ethnically cleansed and forcibly prevented from returning to their homes by Israel, in violation of UN resolutions, international law and human rights conventions, including the Right of Return. 

     

    From Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_people

    In the areas of Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, as of 2004, Palestinian Arabs constitute 49% of all inhabitants, some of whom are internally displaced. The remainder, comprise what is known as the Palestinian diaspora, of whom more than half are stateless refugees, lacking citizenship in any country. Of the diaspora, about 1.9 million live in neighboring Jordan, one and a half million between Syria and Lebanon, a quarter million in Saudi Arabia, while Chile's half a million are the largest concentration outside the Arab world. 

     

    Total population

    c. 11,000,000 

     

    Regions with significant populations

    Palestinian territories 3,760,000

    – West Bank 2,345,000

    – Gaza Strip 1,416,000

    Jordan 1,983,733

    Israel 1,540,000

    Syria 573,000

    Chile 500,000

    Lebanon 405,425

    Saudi Arabia 250,245

    Egypt 70,245

    USA 250,000

    Honduras 54,000

    Kuwait 50,000

    Brazil 50,000

    Iraq 34,000

    Yemen 25,000

    Pakistan 500

    Canada 23,975

    Australia 15,000

    Colombia 12,000

    Guatemala 1,400

    Sweden 7,000