The Guardian publishes declassified documents shedding light on the struggle for State of Israel. The British government knew from the moment it planned to withdraw its forces from Palestine more than 60 years ago that partition of the territory and the founding of the state of Israel would lead to war and defeat for the Arabs.
As early as October 1946, two years before partition, UK officials warned London that Jewish opinion would oppose partition "unless the Jewish share were so enlarged as to make the scheme wholly unacceptable to Arabs".
British officials warned the colonial secretary, George Hall: "The Jewish public … endorsed the attitude of its leaders that terrorism is a natural consequence of the general policy of His Majesty's Government", including turning away ships carrying "illegal" Jewish immigrants, which included the illegal infiltration of Jews into Palestine.
A report written in early 1948, as the war for Israel broke out, read "Jewish victories … have reduced Arab morale to zero and, following the cowardly example of their inept leaders, they are fleeing from the mixed areas in their thousands. It is now obvious that the only hope of regaining their position lies in the regular armies of the Arab states."
British officials predicted war
So now we have more proof that the Arabs did flee from the fighting and were not 'expelled' en masse as many would try to argue.
Regarding the illegal infiltration of Jews into palestine being terrorism I don't know what to say about that, except that all the Irish who are in America illegally must be terrorists .......though maybe back then things were looked at differently than they are now. But I'm glad to see the Guardian, of all publications, is now admitting that Arabs fled from Israel in their thousands. Hopefully these declassified documents will put an end to the false accusation that Israel was involved in ethnic cleansing