This book is written partly in commemoration of al-Nakba
(the catastrophe), the term that Palestinians use to describe the events of 1948
when Jewish forces used expulsion, terror and massacre to facilitate the creation
of the State of Israel.
On 14 May 1948 David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the
birth of Israel as an independent nation, so violating UN Security Council resolution
46 (17 April 1948) requiring all the political groups in Palestine to refrain,
pending further consideration of the future government of Palestine by the General
Assembly, from any political activity which might prejudice the rights, claims,
or position of either community [of Jews or Arabs].
On 11 May 1949,
through the mechanism of GA resolution 273, Israel was admitted to the United
Nations as a sovereign state, conditional upon Israel observing all UN requirements,
including the right of return of Palestinian refugees. This confirmed what the
Israeli leadership had hoped that what had been won through terror and
military conquest, and by ignoring inconvenient decisions of the United Nations,
would be accepted by the international community. The pattern was set.
book was published by the Palestinian Return Center in London: an independent
academic/media consultancy founded and registered in the United Kingdom in 1996.
It specializes in the research, analysis, and monitor of issues pertaining to
the dispersed Palestinians and their right to return. It also serves as an information
repository on other related aspects of the Palestine Question and the Arab-Israeli
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Geoff
Simons. London: Palestinian Return Centre, 2006. 422 Seiten. € 22 zuzüglich
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