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Sunday, April 04, 2004

NY Times Correction

from Power Line via DANEgerus
Correction in the NY Times April 2nd:
An article on Saturday about Israel's promotion of its plan for a withdrawal from Gaza and part of the West Bank misstated the estimated number of Palestinians who fled their homes when Israel was established in 1948. It is about 700,000, not in the millions.
The article being corrected, published March 27, said:
Israel also wants an understanding from Washington that in a final deal with the Palestinian side, there will be no "right of return" by Palestinians ? the right asserted by the millions of Palestinians who fled Israeli territory in 1948 and afterward to get their homes back.
If you don't get the chance to follow the links, at least read this (and save for future reference):
Habib Issa, Secretary General of the Arab League (Azzam Pasha's successor), in the newspaper Al Hoda, June 8, 1951:

"The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade. . . . He pointed out that they were already on the frontiers and that all the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean. . . Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down. "
So that, if you didn't know, is how there came to be "Palestinian refugees."
And if you didn't know that there happened to be an equal number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries at the same time, check out these Middle East Facts.