Although this is presented as Israel’s perspective, this historical account is nonetheless factually inaccurate. By the time the State of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948, over 200 Palestinian villages had already been “emptied as people fled in fear or were forcibly expelled by Zionist forces, and approximately 175,000 Palestinians had been made refugees.” The intervention by the armies of the neighbouring Arab states Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq was partly a response to the large-scale ethnic cleansing campaigns being carried out by Zionist militias, among other reasons. To put it simply, the Nakba started long before the Arab armies got involved. To claim that the refugee crisis was the result of Arab armies “attacking” the territory is to turn the historical record on its head.
Factual misrepresentation and lack of context about the Nakba's ongoing consequences
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