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  •  Keep to historical facts. (3+ / 0-)
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    volleyboy1, JayinPortland, Plubius

    Yes, many Palestinians were driven out of their homes in 1948. Many of them driven out because they were acting as militants fighting against Jewish forces.

    Also, many Palestinians left their homes voluntarily upon the urging of Arab leaders who promised a quick Arab victory and the promise that returning Palestinians could claim Jewish property.  For substantiation refer to the instructions issued by the Haifa Arab Council in 1948 for Arabs living in Haifa to leave their homes - ostensibly, temporarily.

    •  Well, it goes like this, according to wiki (2+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil, AaronInSanDiego

      In 1955, Edward Atiyah, wrote:

      “The wholesale exodus was partly due to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic Arabic press and the irresponsible utterances of some Arab leaders, that it could be only a matter of some weeks before the Jews were defeated. But it was also, and in many parts of the country, largely due to a policy of deliberate terrorism and eviction followed by Jewish commanders in the area they occupied, and reaching its peak of brutality in the massacre of Deir Yassin”

      --Edward Atiyah,“The Arabs” p 183 Penguin books

       Atiyah, was formerly Secretary of the Arab league Office in London.  

      Part of the above quote has often been used as a evidence of Arab responsibility for the Palestinian exodus in 1948. [2] In the June 16 1961, The Spectator, Dr. Leo Kohn, professor of political science at Hebrew University and an ambassador-rank adviser to the Israeli Foreign Office used it to support his contention that:

      There is also a wealth of evidence from Arab sources to show that the Arab League at an early stage of the campaign adopted a policy of evacuating the Arab population to the neighbouring countries, being convinced that their absence would be of short duration and would facilitate the impending military operations.

      However, Edward Atiyah came forward to dismiss this interpretation. In an letter in The Spectator of 23 June, 1961, he wrote that there is

      "no suggestion whatever in what I wrote that the exodus of the Arab refugees was a result of a policy of evacuating the Arab population. What I said is something quite different from the Zionist allegation that the Arab refugees were ordered or even told by their leaders
      to evacuate.

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