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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

There is no evidence they seriously considered expelling all Palestinians. The impracticality, illegality and negative publicity was self-evident, even if fringe elements entertained the fantasy. ...
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Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?

Decided to do some research to try to provide an answer to this question. I found three documented cases where an Arab leader used the term "Drive Jews into the sea" or talked about large scale ...
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Why was the "Cave of the Patriarchs" forbidden to Jews?

The ban occurred during Mamluk period. The specifics of why are unclear in the wiki entry but the Jewish Virtual Library helpfully suggests that it's because they turned the location into a Mosque. ...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

The Jews were largely exiled from 'Judea' which Romans then renamed 'Palestina' in 132CE by the Romans, after a rebellion against Roman rule. They dispersed into the Roman Empire, and gradually spread ...
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Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?

What Arab plans can be inferred from three classes of sources: (1) Pre-war statements to the Arab population with promises that all would share in the booty of Jewish property won by the Arab Legion ...
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When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?

Wikipedia - Siege of Jerusalem All of the contemporary records, whether Hebrew or otherwise, rely on regnal dating systems. There are two points of confusion, particularly when dating the reigns of ...
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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

I'm not aware of any evidence that Israel considered mass expulsions from occupied territories in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War. As I understand it, the civilian populations would have been ...
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Is / was there ever any co-existence solution to peace with Israel that the Arab Palestinian side proposed or said would accept?

In 2002, the leader of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat said he would accept the Taba agreement in the terms put forward by President Bill Clinton 18 months earlier. Back in January 2001, the ...
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Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?

Summary Nothing is known beyond the official drive the Jews into the Sea rhetoric, and nothing definitive will probably be known. Nothing is Known Most countries do not publish their unfulfilled ...
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What specifically did Einstein have in mind when he called the Israeli Freedom Party fascistic?

Copies of the letter to the New York Times, dated 2 December 1948 are easy enough to find online. It is worth noting that Einstein was not the only signatory to the letter, although his is naturally ...
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Are today's Palestinians immigrants from many nations?

The short answer to your question is "no". The evidence lies in some understanding of the history of the region (which I study as an Arabist) and a look at some of the linguistic aspects. It is ...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

It is not clear exactly when Jews first started settling in Germany, but there is evidence of Jewish settlement in the Rhineland communities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz already by the 10th century. ...
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In the Palestine Partition Plan, why was Jaffa allocated to the Arab state?

Jaffa, which has an Arab population of about 70,000, is entirely Arab except for two Jewish quarters. - United Nations Special Committee on Palestine. Report to the General Assembly. 1947. ...
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What did Joe Slovo mean by 'collusion' in The War Against Aparthied?

Firstly, the text you cite isn't by Alan Weider, but is actually from the foreword to the book, and was written by Nadine Gordimer, who wasn't an historian but is best known as a " South African ...
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why Israel has not used its nuclear arsenal against hamas?

This question asks for an opinion. At best it asks for an estimation. Using history as a reference, we know at least about a few things concerning atomic bombs: -They do a lot of structural damage (...
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What happened to the stuff stolen from the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans?

Well, the Menorah was seen later (according to one testimony): Most likely, the menorah was looted by the Vandals in the sacking of Rome in 455 CE, and taken to their capital, Carthage. The ...
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Why does the Balfour declaration refer to Palestine, as opposed to the Land of Israel or the Holy Land?

They did so because it was the actual general use of the term. "Palestine" was and is more a geographical designation, since Roman times, while "Israel" was and is a politically ...
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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

Really interesting documents and facts are brought here More pictures and information here Both sources describes people leaving on their own free will as a result of a war, some of it supported by ...
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Was there the idea of "peaceful Crusades"?

Christendom had got too many bad news for centuries. Muslim conquest, dhimmitude, lost territories, persecuted churches. Arabia Petra, Levant, Jerusalem, Syria, North Africa, Sicily, Crete, Spain, all ...
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How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?

Even before the founding of the State of Israel, anti-Jewish pogroms and government policies forced Jews to leave their homes and properties in Arab nations. The following is from a Jerusalem Post ...
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Is there documented evidence of Israel concentration/death camps used against the Arabs?

There was Atlit Detainee Camp, a prison built by the British to hold Jewish immigrants. POWs from the Arab armies as well as Palestinian irregular forces were put there but all were released shortly ...
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What was Palestine before, if not a country?

150 years ago, Palestine was a dominion of the Ottoman Empire who basically didn't demand much from her subjects and was mostly incompetent. Of those who became known as the Palestinians, there were a ...
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When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?

According to our present calendar and the most widely accepted chronology the year was 587. Considering only the date of 607 given by Jehovah's Witnesses: it is quite incompatible with almost ...
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Why couldn't the Arabs invade Palestine before the end of the British Mandate?

I would rephrase your first question as "Primarily, ... invasion from the Arab countries?" And the answer for this one is yes. It would be declaring war against the UK, and the UK was still superpower ...
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Did the PLO coordinate with Arab armies during the Six Day War?

The PLO is a political organization. The PLA, however, the Palestinian Liberation Army was the military wing of the PLO and was definitely involved in the Six-day war. There are several books which ...
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Did the PLO coordinate with Arab armies during the Six Day War?

The Wikipedia article on the Six Day War states that Palestinian positions in Gaza opened fire on the Negev settlements of Nirim and Kissufim. This provided the pretext/reason for IDF Chief of Staff ...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

According to Max I. Dimont's "Jews, God and History" (Simon & Schuster 1962), pp. 210-211: After the conquest of Judah by Pompey, Jews and Romans became "inseparable." Behind the Roman ...
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Why was Oslo I Accord so harsh or controversial?

I think that Wikipedia article has an adequate description of the Oslo accord. The main point was the mutual recognition between Israel and PLA, a promise of PLA to stop violence against Israel, and ...
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Land Ownership in Palestine - Big Landlords or Small Peasants?

Land ownership has historically been hereditary and Richard Horsely writes in his book, Covenant Economics, that it was an "inalienable right" for a person to live on and work his father's land. He ...
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