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Myths and Historiography of the 1948 Palestine War Revisited: The Case of Lydda

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Abstract:

Arab and Israeli revisionist historiography has taken the events in the town of Lydda (Lod, al-Lud) during the 1948 Palestine War (Israeli War of Independence) as an example of Israel's premeditated expulsion of the Palestinian Arabs in 1948, coupled with a massacre of civilian Arabs by the Israeli forces. Using newly released documents, the article explains the origins of these claims. It concludes that the expulsion was not pre-meditated but a consequence of a complex and ill-conducted battle, nor is there any direct evidence that a massacre took place.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3751.59.4.15

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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