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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:40 AM
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The Mystery of 1948
Edited on Tue Nov-08-11 06:40 AM by oberliner
The most basic question about Israeli democracy has existed from before its birth: What would be the status of Arabs in a Jewish state? The answer is riddled with contradictions.

On the surface, the partition of Palestine approved by the United Nations in November 1947 offered a straightforward way to deal with two national groups claiming the same territory: Each would get part of the land. The problem with that solution was the same one faced in drawing borders between nation states in Europe after both world wars, or in partitioning the Punjab between India and Pakistan in 1947. No clean geographic line separated the groups that were to be divided. They lived among each other. The U.N. plan for Palestine gave 55 percent of its territory to the Jewish state and 40 percent to the Arab state, with Jerusalem as an international enclave. In the area designated for the Jewish state lived 500,000 Jews and 450,000 Arabs. Another 100,000 Jews lived in Jerusalem, and a small number in scattered communities in the land assigned to the Arab state.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2011/11/israel_and_1948_did_israel_plan_to_expel_its_arabs_in_1948_or_not_.html

Long piece - worth reading.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:58 AM
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1. Yes, God forbid the Jews have so much as a postage stamp of land to call their own.
The Arabs want it all, such generous souls as they are.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 07:16 AM
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2. Thanks for posting that. It was well worth reading...
While there was a strong vein of transfer thinking in the Zionist leadership, I doubt that the talk would have been followed through with action if there hadn't been the outbreak of war. What happened was more opportunistic than anything, and there was a randomness to the expulsions with some villages in what's now Israel being left untouched, while others only a stone's throw away were emptied...

The rest of the series of articles would be interesting to read. If you don't post them, I'll do it :)
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