Lackó Bernáth, journalist az Merce.hu, has published an article(1) that accused Israel of a plan to “remove 350,000 Arabs”.
Merce.hu is a far-left newspaper that has already been labeled(2) by the Hungarian-Jewish anti-Semitism watchdog organization TEV as being the “most anti-Israel newspaper in Hungary”.
The same organization has previously called(2) Bernáth’s work “highly questionable in terms of journalistic standards”.
In his new article, Bernáth wrote the following:
“The so-called ‘deal of the century’ would officially bring under Israeli sovereignty 40% of lands recognised by the UN as Palestinian land, would make Jerusalem the capital city of only Israel, and would remove 350,000 Arabs from Israel.”
Bernáth cites two article as his source, one article(3) by Reuters, which does not contain the sentences cited here, and another one by Mérce itself, which similarly does not contain the accusation of plans to deport hundreds of thousands of Arabs.
In fact, the January 2020 US plan cited by Bernáth (officially called Peace to Prosperity) makes it clear that it “does not call for uprooting any Israelis or Palestinians from their homes.”(4)
The plan also makes it clear that “Jerusalem will remain the sovereign capital of the State of Israel, and it should remain an undivided city. The sovereign capital of the State of Palestine should be in the section of East Jerusalem located in all areas east and north of the existing security barrier, including Kafr Aqab, the eastern part of Shuafat and Abu Dis, and could be named Al Quds or another name as determined by the State of Palestine.”(5)
Bernáth’s article was published less than 24 hours before the official memorial day of the liberation of the Pest Ghetto, 18th January.
(5) https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf, 17.