YNet News Op-Ed: Some 650,000 Arabs fled the State of Israel’s boundaries in the War of Independence. Some were expelled by the IDF, but most were encouraged to do so by their leaders or escaped out of fear (they were well aware of what happens to Jews who are captured by members of the Arab gangs).
Many Arabs, however, remained in Israel, some of those who escaped came back, and Israel even agreed in the past to let a few refugees return.
According to Central Bureau of Statistics figures, the Arab population in Israel on the eve of the recent Independence Day was made up of approximately 1.85 million people (Jerusalem included), a little over 20 percent of Israel’s residents.
When it comes to the legal and moral side of the refugee issue, Israel has decisive answers. The Jews who remained alive in the lands conquered by the Arabs in the War of independence—like Jerusalem’s Old City and Gush Etzion—were forced to leave, and those areas remained “Jew-free.” At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Jews were deported from Arab states. Most of them were taken in by Israel and did not become eternal refugees. more …
Opinion: In researching our book Antichrist: The Search for Amalek in 2013 we found statistics (pages 132-133), and some facts that the Arab nations and Israel-hating progressive left would just as soon not talk about.
1. The British Mandate terminated in mid-May.
2. Prior to Israel’s statehood announcement, approximately 700,000 of 900,000 Arab refugees were warned of a pending war. The Arabs were advised to flee the area, for they might be mistaken for Israelis.
3. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said declared, “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.”
Israel was born on May 14, 1948, and was attacked on the same day by Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. After the war, Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and its more than 200,000 inhabitants but refused to allow the Palestinians into Egypt. Although demographic figures indicated that ample room for settlement existed in Syria, Damascus refused to consider accepting any refugees, except those who might refuse repatriation.
Syria also declined to resettle 85,000 refugees in 1952–54, though it had been offered international funds to pay for the project. Iraq was also expected to accept a large number of refugees, but proved unwilling. Lebanon insisted it had no room for the Palestinians. In 1950, the UN tried to resettle 150,000 refugees from Gaza in Libya, but was rebuffed by Egypt.
Jordan was the only nation that allowed limited citizenship of Palestinian refugees. Approximately 40 percent of the 900,000 became citizens, but were put in refugee camps that developed from tented cities to rows of concrete blockhouses. The camps turned into urban ghettos. In 2004, concerned about increasing numbers of Palestinians in the country, Jordan began revoking citizenship from Palestinians who did not have the Israeli permits necessary to reside in the West Bank. (source)
All this was going on despite the fact that most of the refugees in Israel were originally from either Jordan or Egypt.
In 1922 Britain took back 78% of the land granted to Israel in the Balfour Declaration thereby creating the state of Jordan for the purpose of two states for two peoples.
The United Nations:
To remedy the problem in favor of the Arabs, the UN created UNRWA in 1949 and changed the definition of refugee:
“Historically, a refugee is someone forced to leave a permanent or habitual home. For the Palestinian Arabs only, the definition is changed from “permanent” or “habitual” to a two-year occupancy: ”persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.” (source ‘From Time Immemorial’, Ruth Peters)
The solution discussed by the article is for Arab states to take in an initial settlement of the “refugees” in Arab countries, where they will receive all the rights granted to the rest of the residents.
And Satan danced.