and essentially and they suffered through the trauma of relocation and of course Israel was not ready for the influx causing most immigrants to live in mabarot. These were terrible conditions both my parents with their own families lived under for 1 year and 2 years for my mother's family. Comparably the Palestinians who were refugees as a consequence of the war the Arabs started have also been traumatized. But the Arab countries were also responsible for their refugee status of some 60years +. Apparently the numbers of population exchanges from these territories is approx. 700,000. I won't speak for those who want to be compensated from Arab lands, but I believe that there is stronger legitimacy to compensate the existing refugees of Palestinians who were not resettled elsewhere and certainly don't live under ideal conditions. The whole occurrence at the time was a tragedy but the conditions led to the expulsions in some areas and in others the fleeing upon fear implicated to be worse if they didn't through the advice of their leaderships who also mislead them. I remember reading in PM Golda Meir's memoir that the Israelis went to the beaches and pleaded to some that they should not leave. It's not a one way narrative, and there's two sides to the narrative.
Iran's Rohani calls for more freedom of expression, says that gov't critics shouldn't be jailed (AP)
Let them come. Let them come in droves. Let artists like Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt bring Israelis who need to hear it, a message of social justice and freedom for Palestinians.18:17 03.05.16 | 0 comments