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  • B. shared from Phantom Nation: Inventing the "Palestinians" as the Obstacle to Peace by Sha'i ben-Tekoa
    This notion of Israel depriving “Palestinians” of their right to an independent state in “their” ancient homeland ranks with the worst libels against the Jewish people in its history.
  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    Was Israeli authority "genocidal," as claimed by Arab propagandists and their European allies, who today make insulting analogies between the Israelis and the Nazis? If so, it was the most ineffectual genocide in human history, for between 19 6 7 and 19 9 3 the Arab population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip tripled, from around 9 5 0, 0 0 o to more than 3, 0 0 o, 0 0 0. New villages mushroomed throughout the West Bank with such rapidity that by 19 9 3 there were some 2 6 o new Arab towns on the map.
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    As early as the fall of 19 4 7, months before the UN partition plan, it was clear that there would be war no matter what course of action the UN took. In anticipation of this war, many of the well-to-do Arabs of the Western Galilee, from Haifa to Acco and villages in between, closed down theirhouses and went to Beirut or Damascus, where, with their wealth and connections, they could wait for the end of hostilities in safety. They thought that once the war was over (no one imagined that Israel could win), they would come back to their homes. Objective observers estimate that about seventy thousand...
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    The Arabs who stayed in Israel and became citizens of Israel (approximately i 7 0, 0 0 0 in 19 4 9, now in excess of 1, 40 0, 0 0 0) prospered. Today, Arab Israelis serve as members of parliament (the Knesset), faculty in universities, highly educated professionals in just about every field of endeavor, and enjoy a standard of living, political and personal freedom, and economic opportunity unparalleled anywhere in the Arab world.
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    But Arab culpability for al-Nakba goes further. Grabbing the land intended by the UN for the Arabs of Palestine, the forces of Jordan occupied the West Bank, unilaterally and illegally annexing it, while King Farouk of Egypt declared Egyptian sovereignty over the Gaza Strip. Both actions were in violation of international law, in addition to defying UN Resolutions 18 1 and 19 4. In addition to illegally occupying land that was supposed to be the Palestinian state, Jordan and Egypt and other Arab states maintained the helpless Palestinian refugees in concentration camps for future use as moral...
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    is worth noting the obvious-that the real cause of the refugees' flight was the Arab invasion. Had there been no war, there would have been no refugees. Moreover, had there been any Arab state willing to negotiate peace with Israel after the war, it is very likely that many, if not all, refugees could have returned to their homes in that part of Palestine which the UN had designated for the Arab state. But the Arabs refused to negotiate and refused to create this UN-mandated Arab state.
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    Arabs call the unexpected Israeli victory in 19 4 8 al-Nakba ("the Catastrophe"). But how responsible was Israel for this disaster? Under threat of annihilation as Arab armies invaded from three fronts at once, Israel employed defensive actions to hold the territory assigned to it by the United Nations. Part of that defensive action included driving Arab civilians from their homes in a few Arab villages located at strategically important sites or sitting upon major arteries, especially the road to Jerusalem. These actions, both legal and commonplace in war since time immemorial (Muhammad is praised...
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    Had the Arab world accepted the partition, the Arabs of Palestine would have had a state standing alongside Israel since December of 1947. But rejection of a possible Jewish state was far more important to the leaders of the Arab world than the creation of a state for the Arabs of Palestine.
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  • B. shared from History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi
    On November 29, 1947, the UN voted into existence two new states: one called Israel for the Jews, and one for the Arabs, which never came into existence and never received a name.
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