I think the Middle East is in the news more than it ever has been, and while people are searching for the reasons why things are happening as they are
in the Middle East, they are seriously contemplating other situations of the Middle East for the first time. Because of this, the Arab Palestinians
are being looked at in a deeper, more critical way be folks who, until 2001, would have simply thought of them as those people who live in tents in
refugee camps (that oughta give you a clue as to how antiquated their knowledge is).
What I would like to do with this typo-filled less-than-masterpiece is to describe how the Arab Palestinian Plight came about, what nations should be
held responsible for assimilation of these people and why they are not doing this.
Before I go any farther, though, I would like to recommend a documentary that is pretty darned long (300 minutes) but well worth the time, if you want
the facts with as little twist as one could ever get:
Regardless of the fact that the Arab land territory is darned near 650 fold that of Israel's meagar allowance, when the United Nations voted to
divide Palestine so that the Jews could also have a homeland, the concept of them having their own political entity was immendiatley met with threats
of violence by the Arabs. As a matter of fact, a jihad was called for if this partition was to occur. Go figure, violence erupted as soon as the
partition was created. Attacks on Jews spread throughout the area. 1948 brought major attacks on Jewish towns in the north, and the British handed
over military posts and weapons to the Arabs, claiming they did not have the assets with which to stop the violence. The United Nations itself blamed
the violence on the Arabs, stating that powerful Arab interests, both inside as well as outside the Palestinian area were working to disrupt the
settlement of the area.
The partition was never recinded, so on 14 May, 1948, Israel declared itself a nation.
The Arabs neighbors immediately attacked. As the Secretary-General of the Arab League said, "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous
massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."
Although the Arab world attacks the new state of Israel, Israel herslef is not forcing Arab Palestinians to flee. An example of this is a British
report from Haifa:
"every effort is being made by the Jews to persuade the Arab populace to stay and carry on with their normal lives, to get their shops and
businesses open and to be assured that their lives and interests will be safe."
This was not to be the case, though, as the Arabs were afraid
they would be labelled as traitors, and so 50,000 estimated, fled. In the United NAtions, Syria attempted to assert that a massacre had occured
there, but the same day, the chairman of the Palestine Higher Committee told the U.N, that the Arabs "preferred to abandon their homes, their
belongings, and everything they possessed in the world and leave the town." than to accept a true.
The U.S. Council-General in Haifa reported that the Mufti of that area told the Arabs to leave, and themajority of the Arabs did just that.
This leads me to the meat of this essay on the Arab Palestinian Plight; the Arab leaders urged the Arabs living in Israel to leave.
In Haifa, the Higher Arab Executive notified the remaining Arabs that if they stayed and accepted "Jewish protection" would be considered
Iraqi leader Nuri Said said, "We 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."
To me, one of the most damning pieces of evidence that the Arab refugee problem was Arab-created is the admission by Edward Atiyah, who was the
Secretary of the Arab League Office in London. Atiyah said, "This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the
boastings of an unrealistic Arabic press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of weeks before
the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to reenter and retake possession of their country."
The Near East Broadcasting Station out of Cyprus had this to say in 1949,"It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encouraged the
refugees' flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa and Jerusalem."
After the war, and after Israel's successful fight to survive, the refugee problem still existed. Of course, it is not possible to simply allow a
flood of people hostile to your small nation to sweep across your land, infiltrating and becomeing a 5th column for the next attempted invasion.
Still, Israel attempted to make right for the Arab Palestinians even though they fled, either out of fear or out of loyalty to the "brethren" rahter
than standing firm in their homes or fighting with their non-Arab neighbors for the new state. Israel offered to pay the Arabs for the property that
they left behind, they offered to reunite families that become disconnected because of the war and even to repatriate 100,000 refugees. The Arabs
refused all attempts to make better the situation.
The fact that the offers to reimburse, reunite and repatriate were turned down are not the only curious things to have happened. While Israel was
absorbing thousands of Jewish refugees who were fleeing Arab countries, many allowed to leave with nothing more than their clothes, the Arab
Palestinians were having difficulty finding Arab states willing to take them in. In fact, the only nation that accepted the refugees was Jordan, as
King Abdullah considered them as one people.
I am posting this to ask you to think about this; why is it that the ones who are always the first to scream "The Palesitians" (meaning
Arab-Palestinian refugees) and point their fingers accusingly at Israel refuse to absorb their "brothers" even though they are the ones who prompted
the Arab Palestinians into the situation that they found themselves in? Why is it that they shirk the responsibility that they should shoulder,
rather than making sure that these "brothers" are trapped in the situation they are in?
I suggest that the reasons are painfully clear. The reasons are so that they can be continuously used as political fodder, phychological
manipulation, and from the desperate poor and ignorant, willing volunteers to be human bombs against the Israeli citizens.
I suggest to you that this is an international conspiracy between the Arabic nations to deprive a group of their own the chance to be more than
refugees so that the nations can continue their striving toward their end goal - the destruction of Israel.