The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 5, 2004 - History - 640 pages
Benny Morris' The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem was published in 1988. Its startling revelations about how and why 700,000 Palestinians left their homes and became refugees during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 undermined traditional interpretations as to whether they left voluntarily or were expelled as part of a systematic plan. This book represents a revised edition of the earlier work, compiled on the basis of newly-opened Israeli military archives. While the focus remains the 1948 war and the analysis of the Palestinian exodus, the new material contains more information about what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how events there led to the collapse of Palestinian urban society. It also sheds light on the battles and atrocities that resulted in the disintegration of rural communities. The story is a harrowing one. The refugees now number four million and their existence remains a major obstacle to peace.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Jewish settlements established in 19489
List of abbreviations
a briefhistory 2 The idea of transfer inZionist thinking before 1948 3 The first wave the Arab exodus December 1947March 1948
theTen Days 918July andthe second truce 18 July
the battles and exodus of OctoberNovember 1948
expulsions and population transfers November
Appendix 1
Bibliography
Index
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Benny Morris is Professor of History in the Middle East Studies Department, Ben-Gurion University. He is an outspoken commentator on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and is one of Israel's premier revisionist historians. His publications include Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881–1999 (2001), and Israel's Border Wars, 1949–56 (1997).

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