|THE JEWISH STATE AND A PALESTINIAN
STATE: MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE OR INCLUSIVE?
THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEES - MYTH AND REALITY
THE BASIC FACTS
*There were 100 million refugees in the world since Second World War, and
80 million refugees during 1933- 1945. Most are no longer refugees. Only
the Arabs have perpetuated the Palestinian refugees, as a means to destroy
*820,000 JEWISH REFUGEES and 300,000 PALESTINIAN REFUGEES were produced by
war launched, against Israel, by the Palestinians and the Arab states.
*300,000 PALESTINIAN REFUGEES: 800,000 Arabs resided in the country in November
1947 and 170,000 upon the conclusion of Israel's War of Independence. Of
the 630,000, 100,000 were allowed to return, 100,000 were absorbed in Arab
countries, 50,000 Bedouins joined their tribes in Jordan and Sinai, and 50,000
were migrant laborer who returned to their homes in Arab countries.
*A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE, according to UNRWA, was any Arab who stayed in the
country for two years prior to 1948.
*A MAJOR MIGRATION FROM MUSLIM COUNTRIES, especially to the coastal plain,
took place during 1830- 1947. MOST PALESTINIAN REFUGEES resided in the coastal
plain. MOST PALESTINIAN REFUGEES WERE ARAB MIGRANTS
*The origin of most Palestinian refugees was from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon,
Sudan, Algeria and Libya, migrating during 1830-1947. The Arab population
of Jaffa, Haifa and Ramleh grew 17, 12 and 5 times during 1880-1947.
*"30,000-36,000 SYRIANS migrated to Palestine in recent months" (Syrian daily,
La Syrie, Aug. 12, 1934).
*JAFFA ABSORBED ARABS FROM 15 COUNTRIES, who populated some "Egyptian
Neighborhoods": Abu Kabir, Salameh, Sumeil, Sheikh Muneis, Feja, etc. Egyptian
occupation (1831-1840) produced thousands of Egyptian migrants in Jaffa,
Petach Tiqva, Hadera, Kalansawa, Acre, Beit She'an, Nablus, etc.
*THOUSANDS OF ARAB MIGRANT LABORERS were imported by the Ottoman Empire and
Britain for infrastructure projects, and as a result of the expansion of
Jewish businesses, while severe British measures limited Jewish Aliya.
CAUSES OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
*ABU MAZEN: "Arab armies forced Palestinians to leave their homes." ("Filastin
A-Thawra", March 1976).
*London Economist (Oct. 2, 1948):" The most potent factor [in the flight
of Palestinians] was the announcements made by the Arab-Palestinian Higher
Executive, urging all Haifa Arabs to quit...It was clearly intimated that
Arabs who remained in Haifa would be regarded as renegades."
*THE FLIGHT OF THE ARAB ELITE (BEFORE THE WAR), the INTER-PALESTINIAN GANG
WAR (as it was during 1936-39) and the ARAB DEFEAT on the battle field, expanded
the number of refugees. Many returned to their countries of origin.
*"[ARAB LEADERS] ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FLIGHT... They disseminated rumors
exaggerating Jewish atrocities...They instilled fear in the hearts of the
Arabs, until they fled, leaving their homes..." (Jordan's "Al-Urdoun", April
*In 1948, The BRITISH MANDATE urged Jewish and Arab minorities to evacuate
mixed towns. The Arabs evacuated (Tiberias, etc.) and the Jews stayed and
prevailed (Safed, etc.). MISREPRESENTATION OF THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE PHENOMENON
has been intended to de-legitimize Israel and to legitimize the "claim of
return", as a means to destroy Israel.