TRUE When the Arabs failed to destroy Israel, the Israelis refused to allow the former Arab residents to return
TRUE Those Arab residents who hadn't left in the first place were allowed to remain in peace.
TRUE The more than 50 massacres carried out over the summer of 1948 by various armed Jewish forces; the demolition of villages to ensure the refugees could not return ..."We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinians) never do return... The old will die and the young will forget," said David Ben-Gurion in 1949.
Frequently in the history of our world, groups bet wrong. The 'Palestinians' bet wrong. Not only did they bet wrong, they thought and now think, the Israelis would let them play again. What the losers forget is that this was a game for keeps, victors generally dictate terms, and that after their nabka, in great part self-inflicted, they were going to be SOL.
The Arab goverments who encouraged the Palestinians to leave, condemned them to live in refugee camps for subsequent generations. This suffering simply did not have to be ... and given the resources available, does not have to be today. These unfortunate people could have been, and should have been resettled elsewhere in the Muslim world long ago. OTOH, those who remained in Israel probably live better than the vast majority of those elsewhere in the Arab world.
Yes and those 'camps' have become cities, like Jenin and Ramallah and Nablus. All fostered by the UN of course. And the other Arab countries use the 'plight' of the Pallies, which they actively perpetuate, to keep their own people from waking to the realization of the screwing they are getting from their native kleptocracies. In Mark Steyn's words the Palestinians are a 'comprehensively wrecked people'. All would have been better off to ride out the 1948 war at home.
It is also important to note that Jews were evicted from all other Muslim states. They were despoiled and shipped to Israel which treated them as long separated cousins.
By comparison, the Arabs kept their cousins cooped up in squalid refugee camps, and coerce their children into suicide missions. Arafat, an Egyptian businessman caught flagrente delecto in homosexual relations, was coerced into becoming a terrorist "leader".
The greatest evil which was done to the Palistinian Arabs was done to them by their cousins. The greatest kindnesses done to the Palistinian Arabs were done to them by the Jews. They have the same two keys that they get photographed with, over and over, as they pretend to morn their former homes. Most Palistinian Arabs were renters, because the wealthy lived in Turkey, off the rent money paid by poor Arabs who moved from all over the middle east, to take advantage of the employment opportunities brought about by Jewish stewardship of the ancient lands of the Jews.