Did what you are quoting provide a cite for this? Its pretty contrary to what I’ve always read about before…and they are making a pretty bald statement calling it a ‘myth’.
Well, the easy answer to this is that it was done by UN fiat of course. The more indepth answer, if memory servers, was that there were supposed to be two separate nations created out of what wasn’t a nation to begin with. There WAS no Palestininan nation at any time in the past. Again, if memory serves it was a province in the old Ottoman empire and then kind of just floated around until Israel was created. The jews had been migrating into the area for decades and creating farms and holdfasts out of what was essentially a barren desert (again, this is how I remember it anyway).
Yup, true enough…but only telling one side of the story. Again, from memory much of the jewish military (well, para-military forces at that time) were formed BECAUSE of Arab terrorism and attacks on their communities…prior to that the jews were mostly just farmers in Palestine. At some point they had enough and formed militia groups to get some pay back (Benny G and his boys and girls).
So, there are really two sides to that, and its kind of a chicken and egg thing…who attacked first and for what reason. But prior to the formation of Israel the Arabs gave as good as (or better than) they got from a terrorism perspective.
All in all the OP’s cite seems to be pretty one sided…and overly simplistic in what was a confused and conplicated situation. I’m unsure also what exactly the debate is here. What exactly are we debating? If the Palestinians fled FROM the jews or fled TOO the approaching combined Arab armies that were poised to wipe Israel from the map? If the jews ‘stole’ the country? If the jews were as much into terrorism as the Arabs were/are? Who was more vicious? Whether the Palestinians, having fled (for whatever reason) should have been allowed back in? What?