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The Palestinian Refugees – Reality Test

The actual number of the 1948/9 Palestinian refugees was 320,000,

The actual number of the 1948/9 Palestinian refugees was 320,000,

Originally published at The Ettinger Report.

The Root Cause Then and Now According to the German Middle East expert, Fritz Grobba (Men and Powers in the Orient, pp. 194-7, 207-8, Berlin, 1957), the 1948 Palestinian leadership, headed by the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, wanted to apply Nazi methods to massacre Jews throughout the Middle East. In1941,the Mufti drafted a proposal requesting that Germany and Italy acknowledge the Arab right to settle “the Jewish problem” in Palestine and the Arab countries in accordance with national and racial Arab interests, similar to the practice employed to solve “the Jewish problem” in Germany and Italy. On Nov. 24, 1947, Acting Chairman of the (Palestinian) Arab Higher Committee, Jamal Al-Husseini, threatened: “Palestine shall be consumed with fire and blood,” if the Jews get any part of it.  On April 16, 1948 Jamal Husseini told the UN Security Council: “The representative of the Jewish Agency told us yesterday that they were not the attackers, that the Arabs had begun the fighting. We did not deny this. We told the whole world that we were going to fight.”

On January 9, 2013, Mahmoud Abbas pledged allegiance to the Grand Mufti, who collaborated intimately with the Nazi leadership, especially with Himmler, Hitler’s most ruthless right hand man: “On the anniversary of Fatah, we renew the pledge to our fortunate martyrs…. We pledge to continue on the path of the martyrs…. Here we must remember the pioneers – the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin Al-Husseini….”

Who Is Responsible? The Chairman of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, admitted that in 1948, “Arab armies forced Palestinians to leave their homes (the PLO’s weekly, Filastin A-Thawra, March 1976).”  On May 13, 2008, Al Ayyam, the second largest pro-Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian daily, claimed: “[In 1948] the Arab Liberation Army (ALA) told Palestinians to leave their houses and villages, and return a few days later, so the ALA can fulfill its mission.”

The Head of Britain’s Middle East Cairo Office, John Troutbeck, reported in June 1949:  “Arab refugees speak with utmost bitterness of Egypt and other Arab states.  They know who their enemies are. Their Arab brothers persuaded them unnecessarily to leave their homes.”  Sir Alan Cunningham, the last British High Commissioner in Palestine, wrote on April 28, 1948 that the total evacuation was urged on the Haifa Arabs from higher Arab quarters. The US Consul General in Haifa telegraphed on April 25, 1948 that “Reportedly, Arab Higher Committee is ordering all Arabs to leave.

The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha told the Lebanese daily, Al Hoda, on June 8, 1951:  “In 1948, we were assured that Palestine’s occupation would be a military promenade…. Brotherly advice to Arabs in Palestine was to leave their homes temporarily.”  The London Economist wrote on October 2, 1948: “The most potent of the factors [triggering the Arab flight] were the announcements by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit…. It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades….” Syria’s Prime Minister, Khaled al-Azam, admitted, in his 1973 memoirs, that “We brought destruction upon the refugees, by calling on them to leave their homes.”

According to the first US Ambassador to Israel, James G. McDonald (My Mission In Israel, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1951, pp.174-6):  “These Arabs… fled from Palestine as the result of mass panic when the wealthy Arabs, almost to a man, began running away in Nov. 1947…. The flight was provoked by lurid tales of Jewish sadism issued by the Mufti and his followers… Superstitious and uneducated, the Arab masses succumbed to the panic and fled… The refugees were on [Arab leaders’] hands as the result of a war, which they had begun and lost….”

How Many Refugees? The Regional Context While the actual number of the 1948/9 Palestinian refugees was 320,000,  Dr. Yoel Guzansky writes that about one third of Syria’s 23 million population have recently lost their homes, and over two million (and growing ) have found refuge in neighboring Arab countries. 1.2 million refugees are in Jordan, intensifying domestic instability; 800,000  (Sunni Muslims) fled to Lebanon, aggravating Shite-Sunni sectarian terrorism and constituting an existential threat; 700,000 are in Turkey, 250,000 in Iraq and 125,000 in Egypt. One million Libyans have fled their country, which has become increasingly violent and unstable since the 2011 toppling and assassination of Kaddafi. Half a million refugees from Ethiopia, Somali, Djibouti and the Sudan have reached Yemen, which is burdened by a similar number of Yemenites, who lost their home due to tribal, religion, ideological and geographic domestic strife.

About the Author: Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is consultant to Israel’s Cabinet members and Israeli legislators, and lecturer in the U.S., Canada and Israel on Israel’s unique contributions to American interests, the foundations of U.S.-Israel relations, the Iranian threat, and Jewish-Arab issues.


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5 Responses to “The Palestinian Refugees – Reality Test”

  1. Eduardo Mazo says:

    share all the land it is God gift to all according to the scripture on the Geneses where Abraham talk of our God.

  2. Sarah Williams says:

    Nice recap–thanks!

  3. And since then the Arab countries have refused to accept those fleeing Arabs and their descendents as citizens. Generations born, live and die as refugees, denied rights, property ownership, etc. Arab apartheid.

  4. Ulysses Stueck says:

    The left wingnut media will never publish the true story. Most people believe the Israelis forced the resident Arabs to leave.

  5. God help these people.

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