For decades, zionist propaganda spouted that Palestinians left Palestine on their own, having been told to do so by Arab countries. It's surprising to encounter someone who still repeats it. That went out of vogue in the 1980s when it was proven by the international community to be a blatant lie. According to Yitzak Rabin's diary comments, 50,000 were forced to leave all their belongings and walk 10-15 miles from Lydda and Ramle to Arab positions in 100 degree heat. Many died on the way. Page 132, Understanding power: The indispensable Chomsky: "about 300,000 Palestinians already had been expelled from their homes and fled in a region well beyond the are of the original Jewish state". After 10 years of research, Le Monde reported, "between 700,000 and 900,000 were forced to leave." Nine Israeli historians have rejected Zionist claims that refugees left voluntarily. Palestinians didn't take up arms, on 15 May 1948 Jordan occupied the West Bank and fought Israel.
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