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    • Michael Davison
    • 12.05.11 | 11:17 (IDT)

    Mr. Levy, the Beirut Institute for Palestinian studies condcluded long ago that fully 68% of the Palestinians who left Mandate Palestine did so without ever seeing a Jewish soldier or hearing a shot fired in anger. Even Mahmoud Abbas himself admitted on PATV that his family fled from Zefat from fear of reprisals for their actions during the 1936-39 riots--reprisals that never materialized. He also admitted that his family fled in December 1947, a full six months before the British pulled out. Hundreds of families, making up the top half or more of the Palestinian Arab economic scale did the same. While I have sympathy for the Palestinian Arabs who were, and still are, mistreated by their own Arab brethren far worse than Israel ever treated them, I also remember the almost 1,000,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries whose assets, collective and private, were stolen by those Arab governments. This includes a total of about 100,000 square kilometers of land owned by Jews--more than four times the total area of Israel, the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Golan Heights together. How come we never hear a word from you about THOSE refugees? In my opinion, those Palestinian Arabs who left their homes expecting to return after the Arab armies completed their declared aim of pushing the Jews into the sea took a gamble--be refugees for a few weeks or months, then come back and claim Jewish assets. When a gambler loses his bet, what right does he have to demand his money or collateral back after he loses it? Ha'Aretz: While I know this opinion doesn't fit yours, I object to my posts being systematically censored by your moderators. Are you afraid of free speech?

    from the article: Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, or, democratic Israel at work
    First published 02:04 12.05.11 | Last updated 02:04 12.05.11
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