I'm a little behind in my reading of The Economist and only recently came across this piece about refugees. This statement really upset me:
The official figures also ignore 4.2m Palestinians whose families were displaced by war in 1948 after Israel was founded ...
It upset me for two reasons:
- Most (I know, not all) Palestinians left Israel at the urging of the surrounding countries (Syria, Jordan, Egypt) who told them they could return after the Israelis were driven into the sea.
- The article makes NO mention, absolutely NONE, of the fact that hundreds of thousands of Jews were forced out of arab countries. The difference was that Israel accepted the displaced Jews as citizens. The arab countries did not accept the displaced Palestinians. For more on this, see Benny Morris or Sir Martin Gilbert.