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Abbas: Palestinians in Lebanon are “guests” who will “return to their lands” (i.e., Israel)
“President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday [July 3, 2013] that the Palestinian refugees are guests in Lebanon and [that they] will not interfere in its internal affairs. In a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart [President of the Republic of Lebanon] Michel Suleiman, the President...”
Jul 4, 2013
Palestinian refugee: Jordanian army told us to leave in 1948 War
PA TV reporter: "How did you leave [your village] Bir Ma'in? Did you experience the Nakba ("catastrophe," i.e., PA term for Israel's establishment)? Fuad Khader, resident of Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank: "Yes, I left when I was 20 years old. We left, I mean, the one who made us leave was...
May 15, 2013
Refugee: We rejected Israeli peace offer in 1948, left and became refugees
Refugee: "The truth is that the Jews brought a mediator to us, a person we knew and who knew us. They gave us choices. The first choice was that you hand over your weapons and stay on your land and live the way you live. The second choice was that you leave if you don't want to hand over [your..."
May 15, 2013
Abbas rejects Israeli offer to allow Palestinian refugees from Syria into the PA, because they would have to renounce the “right of return”
Headline: “ [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] rejected Israel’s condition for the entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria” “[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina announced yesterday [May 21, 2016] that President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the condition set by Israel for the entry of Palestinian...”
Jan 22, 2013
Refugee: Arab regimes told us to leave in 1948
Arab resident of a refugee camp recounting the reason his family left Israel during the war and became refugees: "This picture was taken a week before we left Ein-Kerem [near Jerusalem] in June 1948, in front of our house. The radio stations of the Arab regimes kept repeating to us: "Get away from...
Jul 7, 2009
Refugees told: Leave so we can destroy Israel
Jawad Al Bashiti, Palestinian journalist in Jordan: “The reasons for the Palestinian Catastrophe [establishment of Israel and the refugee problem] are the same reasons that have produced and are still producing our catastrophes today... The first war between Arabs and Israel had started and the...”
May 13, 2008
Refugees left homes in 1948 because of Arab promises
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Palestinian Journalist: "The leaders and the elites promised us [refugees] at the beginning of the "Catastrophe" in 1948, that the duration of the exile will not be long, and that it will not last more than a few days or months, and afterwards the refugees will return to their..."
Dec 13, 2006
Refugee: Arab leaders told us to leave in 1948
Refugee who fled Israel in 1948, Asmaa Jabir Balasimah: “We heard sounds of explosions and of gunfire at the beginning of the summer in the year of the "Catastrophe" . They [Arab leaders] told us: The Jews attacked our region and it is better to evacuate the village and return after the...”
May 16, 2006
PA denies camp residents housing rights and democracy
Refugee camp residents not permitted to integrate into better housing or vote in elections, in order to preserve their “unique status” “The Supreme National Committee for the Protection of the Right of Return, announced yesterday that it opposes the participation of the refugee camps in the local...”
Jun 29, 2004
Palestinian writer blames Arab leaders for refugees
Palestinian Authority columnist: "I have received a[n imaginary] letter from a Palestinian prisoner in Acre [Israeli] prison, to the Arab summit leaders: 'To the [Arab] Kings and Presidents: Poverty is killing us, the symptoms are exhausting us and the souls are leaving our body, yet you are still..."
Mar 19, 2001
Israeli Arab MP curses Arab leaders who told Arabs to leave Israel in 1948
Hassan Ibrahim blames Arab leaders for causing his parents to become refugees in 1948. Ibrahim Sarsur, Head of Islamic Movement in Israel, affirms and condemns. Phone interview with Hassan Ibrahim from Gaza city who recounts how his grandparents told him that in 1948 the district officer issued an...
Apr 30, 1999