Originally posted as a response to a question posed on Part 2 in the series on Israel, the following is a short and concise commentary for those that erroneously assume the Palestine refugee was a product of Israeli aggression. For more clarity on the issue please refer back to the post titled: Four Israels Part II: Palestine, Palestinians, and Refugees.
Many people around the world assume that the Jewish people forced the Palestinians out of Israel. Nothing could be farther from the truth and I encourage anyone to cite credible sources that disprove the above statement or any statement made in the original post. You won’t find any, however. You won’t find one credible document, speech, or article where a Jewish leader demanded or even requested a Palestinian to leave. Why? Because it was the surrounding Arabs that were attacking Israel that demanded the Palestinians leave or suffer the possible ramifications of being in the middle of a war zone.
In fact, the idea flies in the face of common sense. Why would the leaders of Israel ask Palestinians to leave when in effect they would have provided a buffer between themselves and the Arab attackers? Also, many Palestinians did not leave. They are still there to this day. They have all the rights of any other Israeli. However, in contrast, A Jew has no voting rights in most Arab countries and in fact Israeli’s are not even allowed to enter Saudi Arabia “Saudi officials told CNN that the kingdom does not grant visas to holders of Israeli passports because it does not recognize Israel” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/delta-airlines-saudi-arabia_n_884305.html)
So again, if Palestinians were in fact forced to leave by the actual inhabitants and leaders of Israel then why would there still have been so many Palestinians there? It is because they were not asked to leave and they were not attacked. It was, in fact, the surrounding Arab’s that threatened their own people harm if they did not get out-of-the-way and flee Israel.