A question was posed to QUORA, a California-based forum, on the question of the Palestinian Arab refugees from the 1948 war. Using all sources and available documents, QUORA revealed dozens of startling responses, mainly from Arab leaders.
It is vitally essential that the truth must be publicized in order to quell the cries and mock tears of the Palestinian and Muslim leaders.
During the years of the British Mandate in Palestine (1918-1948) the Jews were called Palestinians while the Arabs simply called themselves Arabs. The Arabs never called themselves Palestinians until 1967.
After Jewish Zionists re-settled in Palestine in the 1880s, almost half a million Arabs from Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon moved to Palestine. They had come to reap benefits from the new economy of the Jews. They were not native to Palestine.
I have selected only a few statements made by official Arab Palestinian leaders, including an amazing one by the current President of the Palestine Authority in 1976.
The 1970 study from the Beirut Institute for Palestinian Studies stated that “68% of the Palestinians voluntarily left their homes without ever seeing a Jewish soldier or hearing a shot fired.”
Kenneth Bilby, the American war correspondent covering Palestine during the 1948 war, wrote in his report “The Arab exodus, initially, at least, was encouraged by many Arab leaders, such as Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem who was exiled by the British for siding with the Germans in World War II, and by the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine”.
In the August 16, 1948 edition of the Beirut newspaper, “Sana al Janub,” Monsignor George Hakim, the distinguished Arab Christian Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, during his interview, made the following statement: “The refugees were confident that their absence would not last long and they would return in a week or two. Their leaders had promised them that the Arab armies would crush the ‘Zionist gangs’ very quickly and there was no need for panic or fear of a long exile.”
Additionally, an important admission was made in the London “Daily Telegraph” on September 6, 1948, by Emil Ghoury, Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee and the leader of the Palestinian Arabs.
“The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the Arab States in opposing partition… the Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem.”
In an editorial of the Jordanian daily newspaper “Al Urdan” on April 9, 1953, the editor wrote that “the Arab exodus was not caused by the actual battle…it was due to rumors spread by the Arab leaders to inflame and incite the Arabs of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children, etc. The Arab leaders 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 newspaper was followed by the October 12th, 1963 edition of the Cairo daily newspaper, “Akhbar el Yom” which printed that “The 15th May, 1948 arrived…. On that day the mufti of Jerusalem appealed to all the Arabs of Palestine to leave the country because the Arab armies were about to enter and fight in their stead”.
But strict attention must be given to a published article in the official journal of the Palestinians, “Falastin al-Thawra”, in Beirut, Lebanon in March 1976.
The words come directly from the mouth of the President of the Palestine Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
It is a great pity that he does not remember what he wrote. It is too convenient for him, perhaps.
“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny, but instead they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland… the Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity”.
An absolutely amazing statement by the elected President of the Palestinian people!!!
Much credit must be given to QUORA for making the documents available. Due to their efforts everyone is able to read the truth from the original sources.
It is no longer necessary to listen to the Palestinian lies. When they claim that Jerusalem is an Arab city it is simply not true. While Arabs have lived and do live now in Jerusalem, the census of 1864 states that 80% of Jerusalem’s population were Jews and 20% were Muslim and Christian Arabs.
For the last 154 years Jews have been the majority in Jerusalem. May they continue to be so forever!