Monday, May 20, 2013

Discovered file in Israeli archives: Ben Gurion tried to supress the evidence for the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians

Arab refugees from villages near Tulkarm 
Catastrophic thinking: Did Ben-Gurion try to rewrite history? 

The file in the state archives contains clear evidence that the researchers at the time did not paint the full picture of Israel's role in creating the Palestinian refugee problem. 

 The documents in the file, which date from 1960 to 1964, describe the evolution of the Israeli version of the Palestinian Nakba (“The Catastrophe”) of 1948. Under the leadership of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, top Middle East scholars in the Civil Service were assigned the task of providing evidence supporting Israel’s position − which was that, rather than being expelled in 1948, the Palestinians had fled of their own volition. 

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