“The military and civil (Israeli) authorities expressed their profound regret at this grave decision (taken by the Arab military delegates of Haifa and the Acting Chair of the Palestine Arab Higher Committee to evacutate Haifa despite the Israeli offer of a truce).  The Jewish mayor of Haifa made a passionate appeal to the delegation (of Arab military leaders) to reconsider its decision.”


Source:  J.B. Schechtman, The Refugees in the World, NY 1963, pp.192f.