|ISRAEL DIDN'T SEEK '48 EVICTION OF PALESTINE
Zion's Fire/November-December 2002
|Contrary to what the media has reported and the Arabs have claimed, there was never any Jewish plot to force Palestinians out
of their homes in 1948. Despite comments of Arab observers at the time, history has been rewritten to make Jews the oppressors:
"The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state." -- Emile Ghoury, Palestinian Arab Higher Committee, in Beirut Telegraph (Sept. 6, 1948).
"The Arab states which had encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of
the Arab invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees." -- The Jordanian daily Falastin (Feb. 19, 1949).
"Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering now from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal leaders, who have neither honor or conscience? Who brought them over in dire straits and penniless, after they lost their honor? The Arab states, and Lebanon amongst them, did it." -- The Beirut Muslim weekly Kul-Shay (Aug. 19, 1951).
"For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs. By spreading rumors of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children, etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts of the Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and properties to the enemy." -- The Jordanian daily Al Urdum (April 9, 1953).
"The 15th of May, 1948, arrived ... On that day the mufti (Muslim religious leader) of Jerusalem appealed to the Arabs of Palestine to leave the country, because the Arab armies were about to enter and fight in their stead." -- The Cairo daily Akhbar
el Yom (Oct. 12, 1963).
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