Middle East Paper

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The conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis erupted after

the partition made by Great Britain on November 29, 1947. Immediately

after the decision to make Israel a separate, independent state, there

were massive attacks on both sides. Upon reading the first set of

articles, I felt that the Palestine's unnecessarily attacked the Jews

and that they deserved the land being given to them. But the first set

of articles I read were incredibly biased toward the Jewish perspective

and, I think that because of this, I presented a distorted view of the

situation. Now that I have read the second packet, I understand that

many of the Arabs must have felt helpless about the situation, and even

startled by the numerous attacks and
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In the first set of articles,

they never really gave a set explanation of why so many Arabs fled their

homes so quickly. If the Jews were as inadequately equipped as they

claimed to be, I do not think that as many Arabs would have emigrated so

readily. On the other hand, the second set of articles was biased

toward the Arabs, so they might have exaggerated the facts a little

bit. According to the Arabs, it was the most barbaric and "calculated

massacre" yet. It caused many of the Arabs to flee their homes in

terror; which is exactly what the Jews wanted. The Jews made themselves

out to be the "helpless ones," but I believe that they were the most

ruthless, and that is why many of the Arabs fled instead of fighting for

their country. The worst part about the massacre was that it was

planned and carried out by former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem

Begin. After committing such a terrible deed, he was allowed to reign

over Israel for years after that.

The massacre at Deir Yassin terrified the Arabs of Palestine. Part of

the reason that so many Arabs fled was due to the announcement made

about the massacre by Dr. Hussein Khalidi, Secretary General of the Arab

high committee. He announced the massacre in such a frantic way, that

all the Arabs in range of Jewish attacks panicked and were instigated to

leave their homes. It was the combination of the Deir Yassin massacre

itself, and all the hype, which

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