[119. Palestinian exodus

Edith Parker, in her letter of November [117], followed the standard Zionist propaganda line which consists of clearing the Israeli forces of any responsibility for the Palestinian 1948 exodus and blaming instead the "rapacious Arab brothers." She quotes a 1957 Bulletin of the Research Group for European Migration Problems which says that it's the Arab League that "issued orders exhorting the people (Palestinian Arabs) to seek refuge in neighboring countries."

The Irish journalist, Erskine Childers, examined the American and the British radio-monitoring records for all 1948. In his article "The Other Exodus" that appeared in the (London) Spectator of May 12, 1961, he wrote the following: "There was not a single order, or appeal, or suggestion about evacuation from Palestine from any Arab radio station, inside or outside Palestine, in 1948. There is repeated monitored record of Arab appeals, even flat orders, to the civilians of Palestine to stay put."

As far as "using violence and terror" is concerned, Erskine Childers reported in the same article what Nathan Chofshi, one of the original Jewish pioneers in Palestine, wrote in the Jewish Newsletter, New York, February 9, 1959: "We, Jews, forced the Arabs to leave cities and villages... some of them were driven out by force of arms; others were made to leave by deceit, lying and false promises."

Expelling Palestinian natives from their homeland is not new in Zionist thinking. It goes all the way back to Theodor Herzl. When Sharon speaks today about "transfer" that's a euphemism for expulsion, which was also advocated by Ben-Gurion who wrote to his son Amos in 1937: "We must expel Arabs and take their places... and if we have to use force... then we have force at our disposal."

November 24, 1993]