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    • Mosdave
    • 29.09.09 | 21:41 (IST)

    Ethnic cleansing is wrong and I'm not going to defend anyone who does it, whether they're Indian, Pakistani, Serbian or Israeli. As for the exodus itself, although I would agree that a lot of palestinians did leave without being physically forced, incidents such as Deir Yassin left them living in fear. The rest however were according to historians and the media, forced out either violently or otherwise. Whereas undoubtedly for some of the jews coming the other way it was zionism which was the reason, not primarily insecurity. Shlomo Hillel,former speaker of the Knesset, Labor Party, : "I do not regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists." Regardless of this, you cannot say that the jewish forced immigration from arab countries is a reason to commit ethnic cleansing against palestinians. Palestinians are not syrians, yemenies, algerians or morocans. They are palestinians.

    from the article: Despite everything, one truth
    First published 01:27 29.09.09 | Last updated 08:37 29.09.09
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