Mazen Charges that the Arab States Are the Cause of the Palestinian
Abu Mazen, from the article titled
We Have Learned and What We Should Do", published in Falastin
el Thawra, the official journal of the PLO, of Beirut, in March
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, as
if we were condemmed to change places with them; they moved out
of their ghettos and we occupied similar ones. 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".
Mazen alluded, it was in large part due to threats and fear-mongering
from Arab leaders that some 700,000 Arabs fled Israel in 1948 when
the new state was invaded by Arab armies. Ever since, the growing
refugee population, now around 4 million by UN estimates, has been
corralled into squalid camps scattered across the Middle East -
in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza, and the West Bank.