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Morris' earlier work exposed the realities of how 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. While the focus of this edition remains the war and exodus, new archival material considers what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how these events led to the collapse of urban Palestine. Revealing battles and atrocities that contributed to the Morris' earlier work exposed the realities of how 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. While the focus of this edition remains the war and exodus, new archival material considers what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how these events led to the collapse of urban Palestine. Revealing battles and atrocities that contributed to the disintegration of rural communities, the story is harrowing. The refugees now number four million and their cause remains a major obstacle to regional peace. First Edition Hb (1988): 0-521-33028-9 First Edition Pb (1989): 0-521-33889-1


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Morris' earlier work exposed the realities of how 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. While the focus of this edition remains the war and exodus, new archival material considers what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how these events led to the collapse of urban Palestine. Revealing battles and atrocities that contributed to the Morris' earlier work exposed the realities of how 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. While the focus of this edition remains the war and exodus, new archival material considers what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how these events led to the collapse of urban Palestine. Revealing battles and atrocities that contributed to the disintegration of rural communities, the story is harrowing. The refugees now number four million and their cause remains a major obstacle to regional peace. First Edition Hb (1988): 0-521-33028-9 First Edition Pb (1989): 0-521-33889-1

30 review for The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cliff

    I've been working on issues related to the Palestinian refugee problem. I bought this book, mostly because it is the ONLY book that is exclusively about how the problem came to be of which I am aware. While any book on such a super-heated topic is likely to get criticized on both sides, as this one has, if there is only one book, I'm glad it's this one. While Morris chooses language that at times super-charged, this is an extraordinarily well-researched book that tries as best he can to establis I've been working on issues related to the Palestinian refugee problem. I bought this book, mostly because it is the ONLY book that is exclusively about how the problem came to be of which I am aware. While any book on such a super-heated topic is likely to get criticized on both sides, as this one has, if there is only one book, I'm glad it's this one. While Morris chooses language that at times super-charged, this is an extraordinarily well-researched book that tries as best he can to establish the facts of what happened. It doesn't take much to realize that Given the chaotic nature of the 1948 conflict, the multitude of personalities involved, and other similar problems, it is remarkable that he is able to be as objective as he is, in spite of the fact that on some level, some of what he's describing can only really be understood with some degree of subjectivity, or at the very least very murky evidence-based objectivity, in terms of the intents and motivations of people. Which is not to say he did not make mistakes or draw too much conclusions from too little evidence at times, I've seen interesting arguments that he did exactly that, but my little research, the extraordinarily well footnoted nature of this book, and my gut, tell me he got most things right. The big takeaway from this book is that the Arabs who came to be refugees as a result of the 1948 war, which it must be acknowledged was started first by the Grand Mufti's mobs and then by surrounding nations attacking Israel, did not become so for one reason, but for many reasons. There was no unifying plan on either side, there was no one motivation for most actions. Many Arabs left their homes of their own accord, for different reasons at different times. Many were expelled as part of a battle when they either were, or were indistinguishable from, a hostile force. Some, although only a few in the grand scheme of things, were expelled for what most would consider illegitimate reasons, but even those was during a fog of war under complicated circumstances. There was no unifying plan. Sometimes the Israelis asked the Arabs to stay when they were in the process of leaving, sometimes they didn't. Sometimes the Arabs did stay as a result, sometimes they didn't. Christian Arabs were on average treated better than Muslim Arabs, but at the same time, Christian Arabs were less hostile than Muslim Arabs to the fledgling State of Israel. It is easy for someone to read through this books and find a thousand things they find unfortunate or distasteful, as would any chronicle of the fallout from a war. Ironically, since Morris was unable to access Arab records, he seems to focus more on Jewish faults than Arab faults. To the degree he's one-sided, he's one-sided against his own people, not for them, although he works to stress balance and understanding of the situation always. Ultimately, nothing in this book takes away from the central fact of the conflict: while neither side is perfect, only one side accepts the legitimacy of the very existence of their rivals. That difficult truth is, that the plight of the refugees has been a sacrifice made on the altar of that truth. And that is a tragedy for both Palestinians and Israelis alike.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nada Helmy

    احتلال فلسطين وطمس تراثها وصمة عار في جبين العالم ! حاول الكاتب أن يلتزم الحياد في وصف الحقائق لكن جاء في كثير من المواضع مبررا(بدون أدلة حسب كلامه نفسه) لجرائم اسرائيل.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bradley Farless

    Clear, concise presentation of history based on good research. It doesn't paint a pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian picture; it just presents the facts and conclusions that can readily be drawn from those facts. It's a little dry, though, so don't pick it up thinking it's going to read like a historical fiction novel. Update (almost 2 years after the first reading): Read through it a second time, this time for a graduate seminar in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. I think I got a lot more from it this tim Clear, concise presentation of history based on good research. It doesn't paint a pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian picture; it just presents the facts and conclusions that can readily be drawn from those facts. It's a little dry, though, so don't pick it up thinking it's going to read like a historical fiction novel. Update (almost 2 years after the first reading): Read through it a second time, this time for a graduate seminar in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. I think I got a lot more from it this time, but I could still give it a third and probably a fourth reading. This thing is rich in detail and presents a complex and nuanced approach to the causes and continued existence of the refugee problem. Maybe it's a sign that I've been studying history for too long, but this time around I found some parts of the book exciting. Still, it's definitely not something I would call pleasure reading. Worth it though if you have an interest in Israeli history in general, the 48 war, or current Middle Eastern politics.

  4. 5 out of 5

    AskHistorians

    Written by one of the most prolific writers on the history of Israeli conflict, this "New Historian" book refutes many of the traditional Israeli historian arguments about how Palestinian refugees came to be in 1948. It uses declassified documents to paint a far more comprehensive and well-sourced picture of the 1948 war's effect on the local population, and is one of the most well-researched books on the subject out there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This rating is of the first edition of the book, which is very good. Later editions, so far as I am aware, have been annotated and rewritten retrospectively in an attempt to justify the crimes, detailed meticulously in the text, of the emerging Zionist state, thus losing much of the impartiality and relative objectivity which makes this first edition a crucial book on the history of the establishment of Israel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    A foundation for a realistic understanding of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Morris paints a vivid picture of the war that lead to Israel's birth as well as the Palestinian refuge problem. He has a bit of commentary but mostly saves his interpretations for his other book 1948 and After.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Should be paired with "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" by Ilan Pappe, to give differing "new Israeli historian" accounts of 1947-1949.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I read the original book, not this "revisited" version.

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    Kevin Bradshaw

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    Amir

  17. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

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    Marta Kiszkis

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    Elaad Yair

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    Mohamed Moddasser

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    Darren Stein

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

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    Rizwan Raiyan

  24. 5 out of 5

    عمران ابن مصر

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott

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    Jason

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    Sheikh Tajamul

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Bourguignon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Pierce

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    Max Marriott

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