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September 1948 Jewish Refugees – Iraq
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September 1948 Jewish Refugees – Iraq

In Iraq wholesale dismissals took place of Jewish employees of the railways, the post office, the telegraph department and the Finance Ministry on the ground that they were suspected of “sabotage and treason.” (e.g. just like Nazi laws of 1933) Also in Iraq it was decided not to issue new licenses to Jewish physicians or […]

August 28, 1948 Jewish Refugees – Iraq
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August 28, 1948 Jewish Refugees – Iraq

In Iraq Jews were forbidden to engage in banking or foreign currency transactions. Source: 6

August 16, 1948 Arab Refugees
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August 16, 1948 Arab Refugees

IN AN INTERVIEW GIVEN TO THE LEBANESE PAPER “SADA AL-JANUB” ON AUGUST 16TH, 1948, Msgr. George Hakim, the arab Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Galilee: “The refugees had been confident that their absence from Palestine would not last long, that they would return within a few days – within a week or two. Their leaders had promised […]

August 14, 1948 Arab Refugees
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August 14, 1948 Arab Refugees

Riyad al-Sulh, Prime Minister of Lebanon, wrote to Muzahim al-Bajjy, after the agreement on the second truce: “I am disturbed lest the spirit of impotence, defeatism and self-distrust which has gripped the Palestinians should take hold of the Arab nation, if its rulers discourage it by failure to renew the fighting.”  (Quoted by Niqula al-Durr, […]

August 12, 1948 Arab Refugees
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August 12, 1948 Arab Refugees

British Lieut. General John Glubb: “The Arab civilians panicked and fled ignominiously. Villages were frequently abandoned before they were threatened by the progress of war.” Source:  London Daily Mail August 12th, 1948

August 4, 1948 Israel Seeks Freedom for Jews in Cyprus
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August 4, 1948 Israel Seeks Freedom for Jews in Cyprus

LAKE SUCCESS – Israel formally demanded today that the Security Council act to free 11,000 Jews detained by Britain on the Island of Cyprus. The Israeli government told the United Nations Britain is misinterpreting the Council’s truce resolution of May 29, regarding immigration into Palestine. Source: San Francisco Chronicle, AP, August 5, 1948.

August 4, 1948 Arab Refugees
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August 4, 1948 Arab Refugees

ARAB PALESTINE TO BE COMBINED WITH TRANS-JORDAN Bernadotte’s (e.g. UN representative in Palestine) previous peace plan, which the Arab League rejected, would have annexed the Arab portion of Palestine to Trans-Jordan the king’s reference to the refugee problem concerned the 300,000 to 350,000 Arabs who have fled their homes in Israeli-held sectors of Palestine. Source: […]

August 1, 1948 Israel Offers Peace
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August 1, 1948 Israel Offers Peace

Israel could not simply agree to allow all Palestinians to return, but consistently sought a solution to the refugee problem.  Israel’s position was expressed by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion: “When the Arab states are ready to conclude a peace treaty with Israel this question will come up for constructive solution as part of the general […]

August 1, 1948 Jewish Refugees – Egypt
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August 1, 1948 Jewish Refugees – Egypt

Two more Jewish department stores were bombed and 28 persons injured.  (See also July 28, 1948) Source: 6

July 28, 1948 Jewish Refugees from Islamic Countries – Egypt
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July 28, 1948 Jewish Refugees from Islamic Countries – Egypt

A Jewish department store in Cairo was blown up and four persons wounded. Source: 6