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

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Article/book #: 41785
Title: Myths and Historiography of the 1948 Palestine War Revisited: The Case of Lydda
By: Alon Kadish   Avraham Sela  
Published in: Middle East Journal, volume 59, issue 4
Date of issue: Autumn 2005

Commentary (by JB):

Despite being published in this journal, this article should be taken with a grain of salt -- it is based on a book written by the same authors which was published in 2000 by the Israeli Ministry of Defence.
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 Israelís 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.








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