THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
PROTESTS, VIOLENCE AT ISRAELI BORDER

Palestinians still await return to their homeland

May 20, 2011

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IN THE May 17 editorial “Deaths hurt Israel’s security,’’ you make the egregious blunder of stating that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians “fled’’ their homes in 1948. It is well documented in the Israeli archives, including the research of historian Benny Morris, a conservative Israeli, that most Palestinians were forced to leave their homes and were told that they could return in a few weeks when the fighting subsided. They were evacuated to Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to temporary white tents, carrying small suitcases and the keys to their homes.

Generations of families living in squalor in refugee camps still await their right to return under international law to their homeland Palestine. May 15 is commemorated every year by Palestinians as the Nakba, which translates as “catastrophe.’’ It surely is for Palestinians.

Kathy Roberts
Cambridge