The Secretary-General of the Arab
League, , assured the Arab peoples
that the occupation of Palestine and Tel Aviv would be as simple
as "a military promenade,"said
Habib Issa in the New York Lebanese paper,
Al Hoda (June 8, 1951).
are already on the frontiers and that all the millions the Jews
had spent on land and economic development will be easy booty,
for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean....
Brothers, Arabs of Palestine leave your land, homes and property
and stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the
guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down."
(uncle to Yasser Arafat)
Mufti of Jerusalem, Palestinian leader and notorious Nazi,
mixed Nazi propaganda and Islam. Haj
Al-Husseini drafted a proposal during WW2 (1940), requesting that
Germany and Italy acknowledge the Arab right..
settle the question of the Jewish elements in Palestine, and other
Arab countries, in accordance with national and racial interests
of the Arabs, and along lines, similar to those used to solve the
Jewish question in Germany and Italy."
(Fritz Grobba, Peoples and Powers in the East, pp.
194-7, 207-8, Berlin, 1967; Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, p.37,
the respected partition of India and the creation of the new Muslim
State of Pakistan [resulting in over 10 million refugees], the Nov.
29, 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine was violently rejected by
the Arabs, as they rejected the partition proposals of 1921 and
ensuing war, launched by Arabs and Palestinians, resulted in 630,000
Palestinian, and 820,000 Jewish,
Leaders Cause Exodus
abundance of evidence exists demonstrating that Palestinians were
encouraged to leave their homes to make way for the invading Arab
(27, 000,000 Arabs V 600,000 Jews)
daily al-Urdun on April 9, 1953, quoted a refugee,
Yunes Ahmed Assad, formerly of Deir Yassin, as saying:
"For the flight and fall of the other villages, it
is our leaders who are responsible, because of the dissemination
of rumours exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them
as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs ... they instilled
fear and terror into the hearts of the Arabs of Palestine
until they fled, leaving their homes and property to the
daily, al-Urdun, April 9, 1953:
leaders were responsible for the [Arab] flight, disseminating
exaggerated rumors of Jewish atrocities, in order to incite
the Arabs, thus instilling fear in the hearts of the Palestinians."
Prime Minister Nuri Said, who declared:
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."
Economist, a frequent critic of the Zionists,
reported on October 2, 1948:
the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in Haifa not more than 5,000
or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to
seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most
potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air
by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit....It was
clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa
and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades."
The Arab National Committee in Jerusalem, following
the March 8, 1948, instructions of the Arab Higher Committee,
ordered women, children and the elderly in various parts of Jerusalem
to leave their homes:
opposition to this order...is an obstacle to the holy war...and
will hamper the operations of the fighters in these districts"
Arab Legion ordered the evacuation of all women
and children from the town of Beisan. The Arab Liberation
Army ordered the evacuation of another village south of
his memoirs, Haled al Azm, the Syrian Prime Minister in
1948/49, also admitted the Arab role in persuading the
refugees to leave:
1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their
homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave.
Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our
appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return."
Al-Husseini, acting Chairman of the (Palestinian) Arab Higher Committee
threatened on Nov. 24, 1947 that
"Palestine shall be consumed with fire and blood,if the Jews get
any part of it."
Nov. 29, 1947 Partition Plan was violently rejected by the Palestinians
and the Arabs as they did with the partition proposals of 1921 and
1937. Then ensuing war, launched by Arabs and Palestinians, resulted
in 630,000 Palestinian, and 820,000 Jewish, refugees.
al-Azam, Syrian Prime Minister 1949 (memoirs, 1973):
brought destruction upon the refugees, by calling on them to leave
Economist (Oct. 2, 1948):
most potent of the factors [in the flight] were announcements
made by the Palestinian-Arab Higher Committee, urging all Haifa
Arabs to quit, intimating that those remaining would be regarded
Almost 200,000 refugees left BEFORE the large scale war erupted
in May 1948, while the Arabs had the upper hand! Arabs left Haifa
and Jaffa, while British troops were still there, pleading with
them to stay.
British Mandate ordered Arabs and Jews to evacuate towns,
where they were a minority. Arabs left (e.g. Tiberias), with encouragement
of Arab countries, while Jews remained (e.g. Safed and its Arabs
of Algerian origin). Arab evacuation - and the fall of Abd al-Kader
al-Husseini in the Castel battle - was highlighted by Arab media,
triggering a Domino Effect of further evacuations.
the Arabs' defeat in the 1948 war, their positions became
confused: some Arab leaders demanded the "return" of the
"expelled" refugees to their former homes despite the
evidence that Arab leaders had called upon Arabs to flee. [Such
as President Truman's International Development Advisory Board Report,
March 7, 1951: "Arab leaders summoned Arabs of Palestine to
mass evacuation... as the documented facts reveal..."] At the
same time, Emile Ghoury, Secretary of the Arab Higher Command, called
for the prevention of the refugees from "return." He stated
in the Beirut Telegraph on August 6, 1948:
"it is inconceivable that the refugees should be sent back
to their homes while they are occupied by the Jews.... It would
serve as a first step toward Arab recognition of the state of
Israel and Partition."