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Why is the PA lying to its own children?

Itamar Marcus  |
Why is the PA lying to its own children?
Why aren't Palestinian children taught the full truth
about Arab refugees in 1948?
  • Mahmoud Abbas admitted on TV that he and the Arabs of Safed left of their own accord in 1948.
  • But PA TV new children' program: 
    "Mahmoud Abbas' family was forced to leave"
By Itamar Marcus

During an interview on official PA TV in 2013, Mahmoud Abbas was asked about his family history and how they became refugees. In his spontaneous answer documented by Palestinian Media Watch, he did not say that Israel expelled the Arabs of Safed, but, just the opposite. He admitted that the Arab residents of Safed left of their own accord "in a disorderly way."

The reason Abbas cites for the Arab unprompted exodus is also significant. He admitted that the Arabs of Hebron and Safad committed massacres (pronunciation in Arabic: Madhbaha) against their Jewish neighbors in 1929. The Arabs of Safed, Abbas explained, "were afraid that the Jews would take revenge for the massacre [of Jews] in 1929."

However, a children's program recently broadcast on PA TV, taught that "Mahmoud Abbas' family was forced to leave," because the "occupation gangs," the euphemism for the new State of Israel, "ruled" the country and stole "from him, his family, and his friends all of their dreams, their homes, and their lands."

Interestingly, Mahmoud Abbas when speaking at the UN (Sept. 26, 2013) likewise falsified his history claiming to have been "thrown into exile:"

Excerpt from Abbas' speech at the UN, Sept. 26, 2013:
"I am personally one of the victims of the Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), among the hundreds of thousands of my people uprooted in 1948 from our beautiful world and thrown into exile."
[Official PA news agency WAFA, English website, Sept. 26, 2013]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented numerous testimonies  from Palestinian refugees, Arab officials, and the official PA media, explaining that the Arab exit from the new state of Israel was the result of demands of Arab leaders, the Jordanian army, the Arab Liberation Army, and Arab regimes, as well as fear of revenge, as in the case of Mahmoud Abbas.

The following are the longer texts of Mahmoud Abbas' interview and the recent PA TV children's program:

Interview with Mahmoud Abbas

"The [Arab] Liberation Army retreated from the city [Safed in 1948], causing the [Arab] people to begin emigrating. In Safed, just like Hebron, people were afraid that the Jews would take revenge for the [Arab] massacre [of Jews] in 1929. The 1929 massacre was most severe in Safed and Hebron (Note: 65 Jews were killed in Hebron, 18 in Safed)... The people [of Safed in 1948] were overcome with fear, and it caused them to leave the city in a disorderly way."
[Official PA TV, Jan. 1, 2013]

PA children's program- lying to its own children

Official PA TV host: "If you want to know more about the President Mahmoud Abbas stay with us..."
Official PA TV narrator: "Mahmoud Abbas did not know [in 1948] that the occupation would suddenly enter his land and steal from him, his family, and his friends all of their dreams, their homes, and their lands... In 1948, Mahmoud Abbas' family was forced to leave the country because the country was under the rule of the occupation gangs at the time. His father and big brothers attempted to defend themselves with weapons, but in the end they could do nothing but leave in order to protect the life of the child Mahmoud [Abbas] and his brothers."
[Official PA TV, Jan. 20, 2018]