Admitted publicly on PA TV that his family fled from Safed to Damascus in fear of reprisals for their participation in the Safed Massacre of 1929 and the Arab riots of 1936-39. Where was Abbas' family and the rest of the Palestinian Arab elite when Ben-Gurion declared the State of Israel in May 1948? They were all in Damascus, Beirut, Cairo and Amman, after deserting the Palestinian Arabs who depended on them. In short, they ran away without ever seeing a Jewish soldier or hearing a shot fired. I call that cowardice. What's done is done--this is not a schoolyard game where the loser can cry "do over" and go back to square one. If I can hear that Abbas makes the same comments to his Arab audience, IN ARABIC, maybe I'll start to believe his sincerity.
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from the article: Abbas: Arab world was wrong to reject 1947 Partition Plan