Report: Israel tried to expel 60,000 Palestinians to Uruguay

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march along Montevideo's main avenue on 12 August 2014. [MIGUEL ROJO/AFP via Getty Images]
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march along Montevideo’s main avenue on 12 August 2014

Israel tried to expel 60,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Uruguay after reaching understandings with the government of the South American state in 1969, Israeli Public Broadcaster (Kan) has revealed.

According to Al-Hadath news website, Kan said that the late Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who served from 1963-1969, laid down the bases of this plan.

The plan was part of Israeli deliberations about how to deal with the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 which multiplied the occupied lands by three folds.

One of the other possible plans, was setting up an agricultural Palestinian neighbourhood in Sinai, which was under Israeli occupation at the time.

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Kan said the Uruguay plan was posed to the Israeli cabinet three months after Eshkol’s death when Golda Meir was prime minister and General Zvi Zamir was Mossad director.

Zamir explained the details of the understandings with Uruguay which stipulated that Israel pays $350,000 in the first stage for the deportation expenses of 10,000 Palestinians. Each person deported would have been paid $100 to start their new life in Uruguay.

The cabinet approved the plan, but its application failed as only three Palestinians migrated to Uruguay; two later tried to return.

(Source / 14.08.2020)

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