Friday, October 11, 2013

Arabs of Safed left Israel on their own in 1948


Yesterday's bulletin was sent out without the video of Abbas due to a technical error. The following is the video in which Abbas acknowledges that the Arabs of Safed left Israel of their own volition in 1948:

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
"The [Arab] Liberation Army retreated from the city [Safed in 1948], causing the [Arab] people to begin emigrating. In Safed, just like Hebron, people were afraid that the Jews would take revenge for the [Arab] massacre [of Jews] in 1929. The 1929 massacre was most severe in Safed and Hebron (Note: 65 Jews were killed in Hebron, 18 in Safed). Let's mention the 3 men from these cities who were executed (by the British Court, for "brutal murders"): Ataa Al-Zir, [Muhammad] Jamjoum and Fuad Hijazi. Hijazi from Safed and the other two from Hebron. The people (of Safed in 1948) were overcome with fear, and it caused the people to leave the city in a disorderly way."
[Official PA TV, Jan. 1, 2013]

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Click to view PMW website with accounts by Arab residents of refugee camps and others describing that they left Israel during the 1948 war for a variety of reasons, and placing the blame on Arabs.

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