By Nur Masalha

The 1948 conflict led to the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians from their villages and houses. Israeli settlers moved in to occupy their land and the Palestinian refugees came upon themselves in refugee camps, or in neighboring Arab nations. this present day there are approximately 4 million Palestinian refugees -- and so they wish the appropriate to head domestic. Their challenge is the best and such a lot enduring refugee challenge on the earth. for the reason that 1948 Israeli refugee coverage has turn into a vintage case of denial: the denial that Zionist "transfer committees" had operated among 1937 and 1948; denial of any wrong-doing or any historic injustice; denial of the "right of return"; denial of restitution of estate and reimbursement; and certainly denial of any ethical accountability or culpability for the construction of the refugee challenge. the purpose of this e-book is to analyses Israeli regulations in the direction of the Palestinian refugees as they developed from the 1948 disaster (or nakba) to the current. it's the first quantity to appear intimately at Israeli legislation and coverage surrounding the refugee query. Drawing on huge basic resources and formerly labeled archive fabric, Masalha discusses the 1948 exodus; Israeli resettlement schemes seeing that 1948; Israeli ways to reimbursement and restitution of estate; Israeli refugee rules in the direction of the internally displaced ('present absentees'); and Israeli refugee guidelines throughout the Madrid and Oslo negotiations. Masalha asks what rights Palestinians own lower than foreign legislations? How can a refugee inhabitants be compensated, and should they ever be capable to go back to their houses? Masalha questions the professional Israeli place that the single method to the matter is resettlement of the refugees in Arab states or somewhere else. This publication is a invaluable source for a person drawn to the topic that lies on the center of the continuing clash within the heart East.

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B. Tauris, 1992); Eugene L. Rogan and Avi Shlaim (eds), The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001); and Avi Shlaim, Collusion Across the Jordan (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). 22. Benny Morris, ‘The New Historiography and the Old Propagandists’, Haaretz, 9 May 1989). 703 (Hebrew). Examples of ‘outright expulsions’ include the towns of Lydda and Ramle in July; the expulsion of the town of al-Faluja and remaining inhabitants of the towns of Beisan and of al-Majdal (in 1950); the expulsion of the villages of Safsaf, Sa‘sa‘, al-Mansura, Tarbikha, Nabi 46 67.

Morris assesses that of 330 villages whose experience he studied, a total of 282 (85 per cent) were depopulated as a result of direct Jewish attack. LYDDA AND RAMLE About 80 per cent of the Palestinians were driven out from the territory occupied by the Israelis in 1948–9, many by psychological warfare and/or military pressure. 66 A major instance of ‘outright expulsion’ is the widely documented case of the twin towns of Lydda and Ramle in July 1948. More than 60,000 Palestinians were expelled, accounting for nearly 10 per cent of the total exodus.

43. 25. 44. )Din Vehesbon Male, 21 July–7 August [1938], [A Full Report about the Zionism, ‘Transfer’ and the 1948 Exodus 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. ] (Tel Aviv: Central Office of Hitahdut Po‘alie Tzion Press, 1938). 53, Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem. 304. Katznelson’s support for Arab transfer is also found in his writings. 241, 244. 335. 1090–91, CZA, Jerusalem. 1204, CZA. 1127. 2358, CZA. 30–8. 49–124. 55. 16–17. 173, 175, 207.

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