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    • Michael Davison
    • 23.10.10 | 06:33 (IST)

    Try some genuine facts for a change. The Palestine Studies Institute in Beirut has long since determined that 68% of the Arabs who left the Mandate did so without ever seeing a Jewish soldier, without ever hearing a shot fired in anger and before May 14, 1948. Even Mahmoud Abbas has addmitted on PV television that his family leaders feared revenge from the Jews for the family's actions against Jews during the 1936-39 riots. Jordan enacted an "Enemy property law", which allowed them to confiscate any building owned by Jews and dispose of it as the Jordanian government wished. They placed refugee families in those houses, Those who abandoned their property inside Israel have mostly received compensation through the Israeli courts over the years--more than 150,000. There is no statute of limitation for filing. Jews who were expelled from East Jerusalem never had that option. The Jordanian government did not see fit to register transfer of ownership because the Jordanian attempt to annex East Jerusalem and the West Bank was disallowed by the UN in 1950. In point of fact, the Jordanian occupation of Jerusalem and rthe West Bank was declared illegal by the UN at the same time. History did not begin on June 5, 1967--there is an entire history before that, going back centuries--but this doesn't seem to matter to you. Yes, those Arabs who left made a stupid and, for them, tragic mistake. Are we to believe that people don't have to pay for their mistakes and learn from them? If you make a stupid bet at a casino and lose, will you get your money back? Many of these Arabs expected the Arab armies to win, and expected not only to return to their homes, but be able to take Jewish land, as well. They gambled, and lost. Why do you insist that they get their bet returned?

    from the article: Carter: Sheikh Jarrah evictions are against international law
    First published 18:14 22.10.10 | Last updated 18:14 22.10.10
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