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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" [1948]. They [Arab leaders] told us: The Jews attacked our region and it is better to evacuate the village and return after the battle is over. And indeed there were among us [who fled Israel] those who left a fire burning under the pot, those who left their flock [of sheep] and those who left their money and gold behind, based on the assumption that we would return after a few hours."
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