Sixty years ago in Palestine

Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, wrote in 1937: “The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war.”

So, for when the moment arrived, he helped draw up Plan Dalit. It was – as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe puts it – “a detailed description of the methods to be used to forcibly evict the people: large-scale intimidation; and laying siege to and bombarding population centres”.

In 1948, before the Arab armies invaded, this began to be implemented: some 800,000 people were ethnically cleansed, and Israel was built on the ruins. more…

Talking about the myth of “a land without people for a people without land”.



  1. Falastini Hurr · · Reply

    They have their plans, and the Palestinians, their supprters and the Peace loving people have also their plans.To all the Good Jews.Who you celebrate the independence from? Did the Palestinians ever occupy you? All what we know that Europe turned on you and you exiled us by force. If you need your independence go after the Germans, Polish, and the many Europeans who killed you. We will say it loud on May 23 in Chicago that we will never forget. Palestinians are the Key holders of peace. Join the thousands and strengthen the network of the thousands of activists. Express your opinion and let the many panelists know of where Palestine should go. Support our efforts to empower our community and assert the Palestinians right of return. Join the many Palestinian Americans and their supporters in Chicago commemorating the 60th year of the forced exile of the Palestinian people. Be pro active, ask questions to the Panelists and discuss the current event. We must empower ourselves and make a strong network for Justice, Peace and Freedom. Be pro active. Enough talks, < HREF="" REL="nofollow"> actions are required.<>

  2. Anonymous · · Reply

    “The Arab armies entered Palestine …. they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland…The Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people.” [By Abu Mazen, in an article entitled “Madha `Alamna wa-Madha Yajib An Na`mal”, published in “Falastin eth-Thawra”, the official journal of the PLO, Beirut, March 1976 ] “The call by the Arab Governments to the inhabitants of Palestine to evacuate it and to leave for the bordering Arab countries, after having sown terror among them… Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave…We have brought destruction upon a million Arab refugees, by calling upon them and pleading with them to leave their land, their homes, their work and business…” [By Khaled al-`Azm, who served as Prime Minister of Syria in 1948 and 1949, wrote in his memoirs (published in Beirut, 1973, Part 1, pp. 386-387) ] He also said: “Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of refugees… while it is we who made them to leave… We brought disaster upon… Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave… We have rendered them dispossessed… We have accustomed them to begging… We have participated in lowering their moral and social level… Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder, arson, and throwing bombs upon… men, women and children – all this in service of political purposes…”. “The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem.”– Emile Ghoury, secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee, in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph Sept. 6, 1948. “The Arab state which had encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees.”– The Jordanian daily newspaper Falastin, Feb. 19, 1949. “Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering now from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal leaders, who have neither honor nor conscience? Who brought them over in dire straits and penniless, after they lost their honor? The Arab states, and Lebanon amongst them, did it.”– The Beirut Muslim weekly Kul-Shay, Aug. 19, 1951. “The 15th May, 1948, arrived … On that day the mufti of Jerusalem appealed to the Arabs of Palestine to leave the country, because the Arab armies were about to enter and fight in their stead.”– The Cairo daily Akhbar el Yom, Oct. 12, 1963. “For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs … By spreading rumors of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts of the Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and properties to the enemy.”– The Jordanian daily newspaper Al Urdun, April 9, 1953. “Long before the end of the mandate, between January and April, 48, practically all my Arab Palestinian staff of some 200 men and women and all of the 1800 labor force had left Haifa in spite of every possible effort to assume them of their safety if they stayed.” [Harry C. Stebbens, who was in an official position in the British Mandatory Government in Palestine in 1947-48 wrote in the London Evening Standard (Friday, 10 January 1969) ] “The Arab States encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies.” [Editorial, Falastin, February 19, 1949 (Amman) ] “We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down.” [Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said, as quoted by Nimr el Hawari (the former Commander of the Palestine Arab Youth Organization) in his book “Sir Am Nakbah” (The Secret Behind the Disaster), 1952, Nazareth]The Arab governments told us: get out so that we can get in. So we got out, but they did not get in.” from the Jordanian daily newspaper Ad Difaa, September 6, 1954. “It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encourage the refugees’ flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem.” Broadcast by the Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station on April 3, 1949 (Cyprus) “The first group of our fifth columnists consists of those who abandon their houses and business and go to live the first sign of trouble they take to their heels to escape sharing the burden of struggle.” Editorial, Ash Sha’ah, January 30, 1948 (Haifa) This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic Arab press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of some weeks before the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to re-enter and retake possession of their country.” Edward Atiyah (Secretary of the Arab League Office in London), as quoted in The Arabs”, p. 183 (London 1955) “I do not want to impugn anybody but only to help the refugees. The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing partition and the Jewish State. The Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem.” Emil Ghoury (Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee) as quoted in the Daily Telegraph, September 6, 1948 (Beirut) “The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade..He pointed out that they were already on the frontiers and that all the millions of Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean..Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down.” Habib Issa, in the daily US published Lebanese newspaper Al Hoda, June 8 1951 (New York) In Haifa on 27 April 1948, the Arab National Committee refused to sign a truce, reporting in a memorandum to the Arab League Governments, “when the delegation entered the conference room it proudly refused to sign the truce and asked that the evacuation of the Arab population and their transfer to neighboring Arab countries be facilitated…The military and civil authorities and the Jewish representatives expressed their profound regret. The mayor of Haifa (Mr. Shabtai Levi) adjourned the meeting with a passionate appeal to the Arab population to reconsider its decision”Jordanian daily, Filastin (Feb. 19, 1949): “The Arab States…encouraged the Palestinians to leave their homes, temporarily, not interfering with the invading Arab armies.” Khaled al-Azam, Syrian Prime Minister in 1949 (memoirs, 1973): “We brought destruction upon the refugees, by calling on them to leave their homes.” London Economist (Oct. 2, 1948): “The most potent of the factors [in the flight] were announcements made by the Palestinian-Arab Higher Committee, urging all Haifa Arabs to quit, intimating that those remaining would be regarded as renegades.” Arab over-confidence prior to the war (600,000 Jews vs. 27, 000,000 Arabs) was crashed by defeat, intensifying the flight of Arabs.” “Arab leaders were responsible for the [Arab] flight, disseminating exaggerated rumors of Jewish atrocities, in order to incite the Arabs, thus instilling fear in the hearts of the Palestinians.” (Jordanian daily, al-Urdun, April 9, 1953). Ismayil Safwat, Commander of Palestinian Operations (March, 1948): “The Jews haven’t attacked any Arab village, unless attacked first.” More:“The mass evacuation, prompted partly by fear, partly by order of Arab leaders, left the Arab quarter of Haifa a ghost city…. By withdrawing Arab workers their leaders hoped to paralyze Haifa.”– Time Magazine, May 3, 1948, page 25“[The Arabs of Haifa] fled in spite of the fact that the Jewish authorities guaranteed their safety and rights as citizens of Israel.”– Monsignor George Hakim, Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, New York Herald Tribune, June 30, 1949“Israelis argue that the Arab states encouraged the Palestinians to flee. And, in fact, Arabs still living in Israel recall being urged to evacuate Haifa by Arab military commanders who wanted to bomb the city.”– Newsweek, January 20, 1963

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