Zionist forces expelled 800,000 Palestinians in 1948, which was 80% of the Palestinian population in the acquired area.
Over 530 villages were depopulated and destroyed.
Hundreds of villages were razed and sites were renamed to erase Palestinians' existence.
Israel refused to allow the refugees to return, in violation of international law. According to Badil, there are seven million refugees today, many in unhealthy,
densely crowded impoverished camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria.
Half of the Palestinian refugees were expelled before the War of 1948, which started on May 15, 1948. Plan Dalet targeted the large cities of Haifa and Jaffa
along the coast in the months preceding the war.
Zionist forces used massacres, bombings and publicly aired threats to expel civilians. For example, Zionist forces massacred hundreds of men, women and
children in Deir Yassin, al-Lydd and al-Dawayima. Zionist terrorists bombed residential neighborhoods in Haifa on February 29 and March 22, 1948.
Villages, such as al-Dawayima, Ayn Ghazal, al-Tantura, Isdud and al-Husayniyya, were razed to the ground.
Israel violated numerous international laws in refusing to allow the refugees to return.
The IV Geneva Conventions Article 49 prohibits the forced transfer of populations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 13 gives civilians the
right to return their country. UN members are expected to abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Israel signed the Geneva Conventions.
Israel was also accepted into the U.N. on the condition it permits the Palestinian refugees to return. Israel agreed to abide by UN resolution 194, which
permits the Palestinian refugees to return. This agreement was codified in U.N. resolution 273.
Israel refused to abide by its promise, passing an Absentee Landowners' Law in 1950, allowing it to confiscate refugees’ land. Israel also passed the Law of
Return in 1950, allowing foreign Jewish immigrants to automatically become citizens, while ignoring Palestine's indigenous refugees.
ZIONIST TERROR GANGS
The Irgun and Stern Gang were famous for their terrorist bombings and assassinations.
The Irgun bombed the King David Hotel in 1946. Their leader, Menachem Begin, became Israel's 6th prime minister. They also massacred Deir Yassin.
The Stern Gang assassinated U.N. envoy Count Bernadotte in September, 1948. Their leader, Yitzhak Shamir, became Israel's 7th prime minister.
REFUGEES' RIGHT OF RETURN
Return of the refugees is feasible and legal mandatory
Most of the Palestinian land is unsettled by Israel, which is desperate for more people. 78% of Jews live in only 14% of Israel.
For example, 2/3 of Gaza is refugees from southern Israel. Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in earth, while southern Israel is mostly empty.
Israel is legally obligated to allow refugees to return to their villages and provide compensation for lost property, according to U.N. resolution 194.
In conclusion, Palestinians are legal residents of Palestine. This is a legal right no one can take away. Israel has violated international law for decades
Video, Handouts: “al-Nakba Teach-ins.” Front page bottom of PalestineSpring.net*
Sands of Sorrow, 1950 Documentary
Dr. Salman Abu Sitta Articles
http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Right-Of-Return/Story433.html “The Unfolding of the Holocaust”
http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Right-Of-Return/Story440.html “Is the Right of Return Feasible?”
http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Maps/Story1261.html Summary map, statistics
Israel’s Violent Origins
http://www.counterpunch.org/2004/05/13/the-deir-yassin-massacre/ "The Deir Yassin Massacre," William Martin, Counterpunch
http://guardian.150m.com/palestine/jewish-terrorism.htm “Jewish Terrorism”
http://www.palestinespring.net/israels-violent-origins/ Israel’s violent origins
http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/the-deathmasters-israeli-massacres-on-palestinians/ “Israeli Massacres on Palestinians”
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