Suppose you are asked to listen to what two people say about something that happened some 60 years ago.Suppose that one of these two is the man who was not even born then,while another is the live witness of the events who ,besides,lived in the area.
Whose words would your believe more?
Below you will see,what the arabs who lived 60 years ago –among them the then Syrian Prime Minister Khaled al-Azm, the secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee Emile Ghoury ,the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said, the current President of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), King Hussein and many others who lived then and were witnesses of the events – have to say about the REAL roots of the refugee problem.
Read-and compare with what you hear from your leaders - who were not even born 60 years ago – today.The quotes belong exclusively to ARAB politicians and journalists and are taken only from ARAB newspapers and magazines
1. “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 agreed 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 September 6, 1948. (same appeared in The London
Telegraph, August 1948);
2. “It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee
encouraged the refugees’ flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and
Jerusalem”. -- Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station, Cyprus, April 3, 1949.
3. “The Arab states 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, February 19, 1949.
4. “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...Brotherly advice
was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and
property to stay temporarily In neighboring fraternal states, lest the
guns of invading Arab armies mow them down.” --Al Hoda, a New
York-based Lebanese daily, June 8, 1951.
5. “Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering
now from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal
leaders, who have neither honour 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, August 19, 1951
6.10. “The Arab governments told us: Get out so that we can get in.
So we got out, but they did not get in.” A refugee quoted in Al Difaa
(Jordan) September 6, 1954.
7.“The wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the
Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic 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
re-take possession of their country”. -- Edward Atiyah (Secretary of
the Arab League, London, The Arabs, 1955, p. 183)
8.“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, October 12, 1963.
9.In listing the reasons for the Arab failure in 1948, Khaled al-
Azm (Syrian Prime Minister) notes that “…the fifth factor was the call
by the Arab governments to the inhabitants of Palestine to evacuate
it (Palestine) and leave for the bordering Arab countries. Since 1948,
it is we who have demanded the return of the refugees, while it is
we who made them leave. We brought disaster upon a million Arab
refugees by inviting them and bringing pressure on them to leave. We
have accustomed them to begging...we have participated in lowering
their morale and social level...Then we exploited them in executing
crimes of murder, arson and throwing stones upon men, women and
children...all this in the service of political purposes...” -- Khaled el-
Azm, Syrian prime minister after the 1948 War, in his 1972 memoirs,
published in 1973.
9..“The Arab states succeeded in scattering the Palestinian
people and in destroying their unity. They did not recognize them as
a unified people until the states of the world did so, and this is regrettable.The
Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the
Zionist tyranny, but instead they abandoned them, forced them to
emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed upon them a political
and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the
ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe.”-- Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), from the official journal of the PLO, Falastin el-Thawra (“What We Have Learned and What We
Should Do”), Beirut, March 1976.