It has occurred to me that there is great interest in the background to the current conflict. Here is a discussion of the Palestinian Refugees of 1948.
This is an extremely important topic surrounded by false narratives and inflammatory rhetoric. I have put off preparing a podcast for some time, but not because it is sensitive. I deal with quite a few sensitive topics. It goes with the territory. But in this case, a reason for my hesitation is that I have a written briefing document that is the basis of this podcast. It is very thorough and is fully available to anyone through Deep Blue. (See the separate podcast on how to access Deep Blue). It has the same title as this podcast. But I have thought for some time that transferring that written document to a podcast would be a good thing. My hesitation is that I will be reading and improvising from a printed text into the spoken word. I am worried about jumps and stops and stumbles along the way. I hope those who listen to this will find it useful. It will certainly introduce some information that is new to most of you. And if you also want to download the document from Deep Blue that is good given that it has additional information in it.
Note that there are previous podcasts on The Palestine War of 1948, and The Palestinians After 1948.
Some People in order of being mentioned: Menachem Begin, Simha Flappan, Benny Morris, Ilan Pappe, Avi Shlaim, Tom Segev, Joseph Weitz, Herbert Hoover, David Ben-Gurion, Abba Eban, Samuel Katz, Meir Pa-el, Mordechai Ra’anan, Yigael Allon, Yitzhak Rabin, Gold Meir, Abu Iyad, Aharon Cizling, Moshe Sharrett, Nahum Goldman, Walid Khalidi.
Some terms, places, organizations in order of being mentioned: The Partition Plan of 1947 (181), Haganah, Irgun, Stern Gang, Plan D/Plan Dalet, Peel Commission of 1937, Deir Yassin, Haifa/Jaffa, Absentee property and the Present Absentees law, “transfer.”