It's amazing what you find rambling around the Internet. In light of the recent accusations that it was Israel's founding that was the sole cause of the Arab refugee problem, I thought I would demonstrate some primary sources that say otherwise. Check out what Emile Ghoury, secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee said in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph on September 6th, 1949:
"The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem."
How fascinating. Let's hear what Yunes Ahmed Assad, a Palestinian refugee, had to say (quoted from Al Urdan on April 9, 1953):
"The Arab Exodus …was not caused by the actual battle, but by the exaggerated description spread by the Arab leaders to incite them to fight the Jews. …For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs ... By spreading rumors of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts of the Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and properties to the enemy."
Finally, let's listen to Khaled al 'Azm, the Syrian Prime Minister at the time of the 1948 war:
"[among the reasons for the Arab failure in 1948 was] the call by the Arab Governments to the inhabitants of Palestine to evacuate it and to leave for the bordering Arab countries, after having sown terror among them...Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave...We have brought destruction upon a million Arab refugees, by calling upon them and pleading with them to leave their land, their homes, their work and business..."
It's truly amazing, as I said. Are all of these Arabs (and the Arab sources that quote them) simply liars? Or Zionist propagandist? Or is it more likely that 60 years after the fact the Arab byline has since changed from honest assessment of their own failures to playing the victim? What do you think?