The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem
The 1948 war resulted in the displacement of the majority of Arabs then living in Israel. These took refuge in the neighboring countries, where they and their descendants have lived ever since. Some of the refugees were displaced by the Israeli army during the fighting; others left voluntarily, panic-stricken over falsified reports of Israeli atrocities or after being urged to do so by Arab leaders. Many Jews were also driven from their homes in the course of the war.