Is it true that 1.4 million Muslims were internally displaced in 1948 Israel?
Of course not. There weren't that many Muslims in all of Palestine. The Economist obviously means those who were displaced, plus their descendants.
Would that make the statement accurate?
Not in the least. Most Arabs who remained in Israel stayed in their own homes. In fact, out of the 160,000-170,000 Arabs in Israel after the 1948 war, less than one third - between 46,000 and 48,000 - fled their homes in the fighting.
Not all of them were Muslim, either, so the Economist is wrong by a factor of perhaps 4 in its breezy attempt to demonize Israel. Even their descendants are nowhere close to the 1.4 million The Economist claims. But 1.4 million sounds so much better than 48,000 who actually fled from their homes, doesnt it?
The Economists biased reporting and inaccuracies dont end there, though.
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