Tess - Please don't fall back on propaganda about Israel needing to ethnic cleanse to create a Jewish majority state. Morris, whom you cite (what book is that?) is very clear about this: "Neither Ben-Gurion nor the Zionist movement 'planned' the displacement of the Arabs who moved or were removed from their homes in 1948. There was no such plan or blanket policy." (Indpendent, 21 November 2006). There was no plan to remove Arabs, so it did not occur in order to reach the OBJECTIVE of a majority-Jewish state. SOME Palestinian Arabs were displaced to meet military objectives for "operations against enemy settlements which are in the rear of, within or near our defense lines, with the aim of preventing their use as bases for an active armed force." (Morris, Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, Cambridge,  1987, p. 63). The were not removed on the basis of their religion, race, or ethnicity, but to secure defense lines.
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