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    • Moshe
    • 27.02.07 | 00:43 (IST)

    To say that 800.000 Arabs were driven out by the Jews during the War of Independence in 1948-1949 is a lie,since (1) there were less than half that number in the Palestinian Mandate at that time,(2) Arabs left(at the urging of there own leaders) to clear the way for the invading forces from Jordan,Egypt,Lebanon,Syria,Saudi Arabia and Iraq to destroy the Jewish community and drive them into the sea. Some, perhaps enen many, were driven out by military action between the Jewish community and the invading Arab armies or local militias.The Jewish leadership did not want to remove the local Arab Palestinians from their homes, but war is hell, and much of the time people are not very nice to each other. Efforts to destroy the Jewish presence in the Palestinian Mandate area goes back to pre-Ottoman times

    from the article: In the heart of Palestinian consensus
    First published 00:00 26.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.02.07
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