: Myths and Historiography of the 1948 Palestine War Revisited: The Case of LyddaBy
: Alon Kadish Avraham Sela Published in
: Middle East Journal
, volume 59, issue 4Date of issue
: Autumn 2005
Commentary (by JB) Abstract
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.
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.