Furthermore, in order for population to sustain itself, a country needs at least a birthrate of 2.1.
Looking at Europe, an estimate of the population put a figure of 726 million people in 2003. That number is projected to slump to 696 million by 2025.
European women, on average, seem to be putting off having their first child. The average woman has 1.5 children, significantly lower than the 2.1 rate needed for Europe's population to sustain itself.
In addition to fewer children being born, Europe's population is ageing. Italy alone is projected to have no more than 45 million people in 2050, with a disproportionate share of them being 65 years and over.
Europe's future doesn't look too bright. Unless governments decide to increase immigration levels, which seems unlikely due to xenophobia, the population will continue to age and there will not be enough children being born to replace them.
Which brings us to the next point: why not have Zionists who occupy Palestine move back to their homeland?
Before going any further, let me be clear: I am not referring to Jewish people who have lived in Palestine, prior to 1948. I am referring to the extreme Zionists who consider it permissible to expel millions of Palestinians from their homes, both Muslim and Christian.
After the end of WWII, the British government promised the Jewish people a "homeland" in Palestine. This document came to be known as the Balfour Declaration.
According to the British government at that time, for the sake of showing "sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations", it was perfectly okay to oust many Palestinians from their rightful homeland.
The United Nations, in Article 11, gives refugees the Right of Return- to return to their homeland. However, many Zionists and their supporters fail to acknowledge this. The full article reads as follows:
Article 11 reads:
- Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.
Wouldn't it be much simpler for Zionists to just pack up and go back home to Europe? After all, many of these Zionists who claim to be Jewish, actually aren't. Their ancestry can be traced back to Europe rather than from the Holy Land or any surrounding countries.
It is interesting to note that a few weeks back, an article noted that many Israelis hold a second passport. You know... just in case of another intifada, or uprising, they can just pack up and go back home.
It's a win-win for everyone if Zionists can go back home to Europe. Europe's population will increase and Palestinians, millions who have been barred from going back home for more than 63 years, can finally return.