In an October 15 letter , Aly Abul-Kheir stated, "All the Arabs currently living in what is today Israel have ben living there for centuries." Mr. Abul-Kheir should be aware that there exist census records and other statistics that define populations.
Statistics published in the British government-appointed Palestine Royal Commission Report (1937) indicated that Palestine, traditionally a country of Arab emigration, became after World War I a country of Arab immigration.
In addition to recorded immigrant figures, for 1920-1936, of approximately 250,000, the report cited the illegal Arab immigration. The estimates vary between 60,000 and 100,000, between the two World Wars. The immigrants came from Lebanon, Egypt, Sinai, Transjordan and Syria, etc. A leading cause of the immigration was Jewish development in and of Palestine, which created work opportunities.
Immigrating into a land in 1920 makes it impossible to "have been living there for centuries."
The writer's letter included the accusation, "Using violence and terror (during the 1948 War) the Zionist forces cleansed the area allotted to the Zionist state of its Arab population."
But on May 15, 1948, the new state of Israel was attacked by the armies of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
The following statement denies the veracity of the accusation: "As early as the first months of 1948, the Arab League issued orders exhorting the people (Palestinian Arabs) to seek refuge in the neighboring countries, later to return to their abodes in the wake of victorious Arab armies and obtain their share of the abandoned Jewish property," (Bulletin of the Research Group of European Migration Problems, the Hague-----1957.)
The Palestinian Arab refugees owe their calamity to their rapacious brothers. Bottomless hatred does not alter history.
Eith Parker, Irvington
November 11, 1993
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