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The Arabs made the Palestinians flee in 1948, spreading rumors the Jews “would do horrible things to [their] wives”

Official PA TV program Stories from Palestine, on the Al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron, interview with Ahmed Al-Anati, a refugee from Ajjour – an Arab village abandoned in the War of Independence, currently Agur

Ahmed Al-Anati: “There was a conspiracy between the Arabs and the Jews. [The Arabs] would come [and say], for example: “Leave! [The Jews] committed atrocities in Deir Yassin. Leave so they won’t do horrible things to your wives.” We left [Israel from Ajjour] to Hebron, not out of fear for our bodies but for our honor.”

Deir Yassin - On April 9, 1948, Jewish fighters from the Irgun and Lehi military groups, part of the forces opening the blockaded road to Jerusalem, attacked the Arab village of Deir Yassin. When the battle was over, the village had fallen and in addition to the Arab fighters killed, 107 civilians were also killed. Narratives differ as to whether the civilians were killed in the crossfires or were intentionally murdered by the Irgun and Lehi fighters.