The ‘Nakba’ Debunked

Steven Plaut is a native Philadelphian who teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa in Israel.  He holds a PhD in economics from Princeton.  He is author of the David Horowitz Freedom Center booklets about the Hamas  and Jewish Enablers of the War against Israel.


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The world media are filled with Goebbels-style Big Lies about the “Nakba,” the supposed “catastrophe” and “ethnic cleansing” of Arabs when Israel was created in 1948.

But now an interesting source has come along to debunk this massive campaign of lies and disinformation.

Consider the following citation (emphasis added):

The Arab armies seemingly entered Palestine [in 1948] to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe, as if we were condemned to change places with them.  The Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity.

Ok, current events students, name the source for that quote.

The answer is … (drumroll) … Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), the “president” of the Palestinian Authority, who wrote this in an article in the Beirut magazine Falastin el-Thawra, in March 1976.  (Item cited in the weekly column by Ben-Dror Yemini in Maariv, May 27, 2011.)

And that is not the only useful citation from Abu Mazen, also cited in the same column by Yemini.  It turns out that last week the very same Abu Mazen had an article in The New York Times in which he claimed to tell his own personal “Nakba” family story.  There he asserted that the Jews expelled the Arabs right after the UN’s partition resolution of 1947 (which called for creating two new countries, a Jewish and an Arab state, in the area of the British Mandate).  Abu Mazen also wrote that he and his family were expelled (from Safed) to Syria and forced to live there in an old canvass tent.

Well, Ben-Dror Yemini did some homework. The UN resolution, first of all, was in November 1947.  The battle for Safed took place in May 1948.  Second, Abu Mazen’s family in Safed was very wealthy, with more than enough ready capital to coast along comfortably for quite some time.  But most significantly, Abu Mazen’s family went to Jordan, not to Syria. Only much later did they move to Damascus.  In addition, Safed Arabs fled in large part in 1948 because they were expecting retaliation for the pogroms they themselves had launched against the Jews of the city in 1929.

And just who is the source for claiming that Abu Mazen was lying through his fangs in that Times piece?

Why, none other than Anu Mazen himself, again.   In 2009, he gave an interview to the Palestinian Authority TV channel, telling about his family’s wealth and their move to Jordan.

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  • g_jochnowitz

    Hee's something from Wikipedia:
    The Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement 1933 – 1945 is the title of Mahmoud Abbas' CandSc thesis, completed in 1982 at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, and defended at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

    • fmobler

      Thanks. This is a handy bit of info.