Palestinian Refugees - Myth and Reality
THE BASIC FACTS
were 100 million refugees in the world since Second World
War, and 80 million refugees during 1933-1945. Most are no
longer refugees. only the Arabs have perpetuated the Palestinian
refugees, as a means to destroy Israel.
JEWISH REFUGEES and 300,000 PALESTINIAN REFUGEES were produced
by a war launched, against Israel, by the Palestinians and
the Arab states.
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES: 800,000 Arabs resided in the country
in November 1947 and 170,000 upon the conclusion of Israel's
War of Independence. Of the 630,000, 100,000 were allowed
to return, 100,000 were absorbed in Arab countries, 50,000
Bedouins joined their tribes in Jordan and Sinai, 50,000 were
migrant laborer who returned to their homes in Arab countries.
PALESTINIAN REFUGEE, according to UNRWA, was any Arab who
stayed in the country for two years prior to 1948.
MAJOR MIGRATION FROM MUSLIM COUNTRIES, especially to the coastal
plain, took place during 1830-1947. MOST PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
resided in the coastal plain.
MOST PALESTINIAN REFUGEES WERE ARAB MIGRANTS
origin of most Palestinian refugees was from Egypt, Syria,
Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria and Libya, migrating during 1830-1947.
The Arab population of Jaffa, Haifa and Ramleh grew 17, 12
and 5 times during 1880-1947.
SYRIANS migrated to Palestine in recent months" (Syrian
daily, La Syrie, Aug. 12, 1934).
ABSORBED ARABS FROM 15 COUNTRIES, who populated some "Egyptian
Neighborhoods": Abu Kabir, Salameh, Sumeil, Sheikh Muneis,
Feja, etc. Egyptian occupation (1831-1840) produced thousands
of Egyptian migrants in Jaffa, Petach Tiqva, Hadera, Kalansawa,
Acre, Beit She'an, Nablus, etc.
OF ARAB MIGRANT LABORERS were imported by the Ottoman Empire
and Britain for infrastructure projects, and as a result of
the expansion of Jewish businesses, while severe British measures
limited Jewish Aliya.
CAUSES OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
MAZEN: "Arab armies forced Palestinians to leave their
homes." ("Filastin A-Thawra", March 1976).
Economist (Oct. 2, 1948):" The most potent factor [in
the flight of Palestinians] was the announcements made by
the Arab-Palestinian Higher Executive, urging all Haifa Arabs
to quit...It was clearly intimated that Arabs who remained
in Haifa would be regarded as renegades."
FLIGHT OF THE ARAB ELITE (BEFORE THE WAR), the INTER-PALESTINIAN
GANG WAR (as it was during 1936-39) and the ARAB DEFEAT on
the battle field, expanded the number of refugees. Many returned
to their countries of origin.
LEADERS] ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FLIGHT... They disseminated
rumors exaggerating Jewish atrocities...They instilled fear
in the hearts of the Arabs, until they fled, leaving their
homes..." (Jordan's "Al-Urdoun", April 9, 1953).
1948, The BRITISH MANDATE urged Jewish and Arab minorities
to evacuate mixed towns. The Arabs evacuated (Tiberias, etc.)
and the Jews stayed and prevailed (Safed, etc.).
MISREPRESENTATION OF THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE PHENOMENON has
been intended to de-legitimize Israel and to legitimize the
"claim of return", as a means to destroy Israel.