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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
Timeline event(s) mentioned in this item:
   11 Jul 1948:Israelis occupy al-Lydd
   12 Jul 1948:Massacre at Dahmash mosque in al-Lydd
   13 Jul 1948:Expulsion of the population of Lydda and Ramleh
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.

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.

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