THE RISE OF ISRAEL AND THE DEATH OF PALESTINE: THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT FROM A PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVE Introduction In 1948, while the new state of Israel celebrated its creation, Egypt, Syria and Jordan licked their wounds and the Palestinians mourned the nakba (catastrophe). Over 700,000 Palestinians were exiled, their villages destroyed and those who had fled during the war were not allowed to return. (Makdisi, 2008). The catastrophic event came as a result of forces well beyond the control of the ingenious people of the land now called Israel. Rather, it was a culmination of a number of events that began at the end of WWI and decisions made by the leaders of empires. In 1918, the British Empire promised the land that would be...The end:
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