217. Arabs didn’t tell Palestinians to leave
Gerald Schwartz, in his letter of Dec. 22  is repeating the same old Israeli propaganda.
He alleges that the “local Arabs” (meaning the Palestinians) were told by the invading Arab armies to leave. Israeli author Simha Flapan in his book, The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities, refers to the terrorist methods used by Zionists to force the Palestinians out of their homeland. Flapan estimated that “84 percent (of the Palestinians) left in direct response to Israeli actions.” 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" (For a more elaborate discussion of this specific point read A Crash Course in the Real Facts, point 9).
Mr. Schwartz also pretends that Jews of Iraq and Egypt were physically expelled. Israeli author Akiva Orr, in his book Israel Politics, Myths and Identity Crises, wrote the following: “in 1948, Jews were not expelled from countries like Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, but induced to leave by Zionist emissaries from Israel who often used dirty tricks like throwing bombs into synagogues to create the impression of anti-Jewish persecution to stampede the Jews to Israel.” Once in Israel, some of the Iraqi Jews have even sued the Israeli government for damages (For a more elaborate discussion of this specific point read A Crash Course in the Real Facts, point 10).
The hallmark of propaganda is that it’s based on unsubstantiated facts.
December 26, 2001