Wall Street Journal, 5 June, 2003.
“Abu Mazen Charges that the Arab States are the Cause of the Palestinian Refugee Problem
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) wrote an article in March 1976 in Falastin al-Thawra, the official journal of the PLO in Beirut: ‘The Arab armies entered Palestine 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.’”
Jordan Daily Newspaper Falastin 19 February 1949
The Arab states which had encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees.
Cairo Daily Newspaper Akhbar El-Yom 12 October 1963
May 15 1948 arrived; on that very day the Mufti of Jerusalem appealed to the
Arabs of Palestine to leave the country because the Arab armies were about to enter
and fight in their stead.
Memorandum by the Arab National Committee to the Arab League Governments on their refusal to sign a truce 27 April 1948
When the Arab delegation entered the conference room, it proudly refused to sign the truce and asked that the evacuation of the Arab population and their transfer to neighbouring Arab countries be facilitated. The Jewish Representatives expressed their profound regret. The Mayor of Haifa adjourned the meeting with a passionate appeal to the Arab population to reconsider its decision…