tragedy of refugees is not unique to the Palestinians.
war victims were resettled in a population transfer between Turkey and
Greece. (early 1920s)
Germans were forcibly transferred to Germany from Czechoslovakia, Poland,
Hungary, and Yugoslavia. (Following World War II)
Poles, Ukrainians, white Russians, and Lithuanians.
(exchange of population between Poland and Soviet Russia)
people, Hindus and Muslims uprooted.
(partition of India 1947)
Arab refugees fled from Israel.
Jewish refugees expelled or fled from Muslim lands.
the 1950s there were 60 million refugees in the free world, Palestinians
comprised less than 1 percent of the total.
Exchanges were not reversible.
There was no historical precedent for the return of such numbers
of fugitives - in the Middle East the 590,000 emigré Arabs in effect
represented a population exchanged for the 800,000 Jewish refugees from
Muslim lands. Arab countries blockaded and rejected refugees, refusing
to integrate them.
(see Arab Refugees ; Jewish Refugees from Muslim lands)