It's incredible that people are repeating propaganda proven false almost FIFTY years ago! The British Intelligence listened in on EVERY Palestinian (Jewish, Muslim) broadcast. There are records of them. IN NOT ONE was there a plea from Arabs sources either outside or inside Palestine for Palestinians to leave, on the contrary there were pleas to stay! Let's use a little common sense here, okay? Israel would NEVER have been accepted unless it was democratic. I think everybody, even Zionists would agree to that. BUT if the Palestinians had stayed, then Israel would have reverted back to Palestine after the first election, the Palestinians outnumbered the Jews 3:1. The number are not fully known, generally between 700, 000 to 800,000 is accepted (50,000 to 60,000 being Christians BTW). The Irgun and Haganah (AKA IDF) broadcast over loudspeakers on flatbeds for Palestinians to leave the area otherwise what happened at Deir Yassin would happen to them. Many fled, some were forced at gunpoint.
Plan Dalet (infamous Plan "D")section 3b4 called for "Mounting operations against enemy population centers located inside or near our defensive system in order to prevent them from being used as bases by an active armed force. These operations can be divided into the following categories:
Destruction of villages (setting fire to, blowing up, and planting mines in the debris), especially those population centers which are difficult to control continuously.
Mounting search and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the village and conducting a search inside it. In the event of resistance, the armed force must be destroyed and the population must be expelled outside the borders of the state.
The villages which are emptied in the manner described above must be included in the fixed defensive system and must be fortified as necessary." In other words if you fought back you were forced to leave. If you were considered hostile, you would be forced to leave. Also this plan was put in operation in autumn of 1947 BEFORE UNGA 181 WAS PASSED (Nov 29, 1947). In other words even before the "Partition Plan" had passed, the Haganah was clearing out Palestinians.
@devora- good trick that, considering the Grand Mufti said no such thing and was not in Palestine, nor ever was again after 1937.
@mobius, the Arabs did not declare a "war of annihilation", otherwise they would have slaughtered the small Jewish population in Palestine, and larger ones in Yemen, Iraq, Oman and Morrocco (amongst others) long ago. It was only after it was revealed that European immigrants were trying to take over was trouble started- on both sides I might add. Plus the vast majority of Palestinians never raised a hand to their Jewish neighbours (are you suggesting the 50,000-60,000 Christians were expelled because they were terrorists?)
@cher where on earth are you getting your information?, Arabs in women's dresses at Deir Yassin? Frankly as soon as you claimed Egypt attacked Israel in 1967, I should've stopped reading. I've never understood the reasoning for making up history, I sincerely believe it hurts your cause. AND why on earth would they leave unless it was to escape? So I guess the seige at Acre was just Arab propaganda? EVEN if they did, why not allow them back? Are you saying every one of them (even the Christians) were terrorists? I suggest you read Erskine Childers, the Irish scholar who went over every Arab radio broadcast in the British Army's archive and found not a single plea from Arab leaders for Palestinians to leave.
Erskine Childers, "The Other Exodus," Spectator (12 May 1961)