1967 Palestinian exodus

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This article is about Palestinian exodus following the 1967 War. For other events of Palestinian expulsions, see Palestinian exodus.

The phrase 1967 Palestinian exodus refers to the flight of Palestinians from the territories gained by Israel during and in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.

Estimated numbers[edit]

According to Robert P. G. Bowker, around 280,000 to 325,000 Palestinians fled the Six-Day War.[1] According to David McDowall, approximately 145,000 of the 1967 Palestinian refugees were refugees from the 1948 Palestine War.[2] McDowall states that by December 1967, 245,000 had fled from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to Jordan, 11,000 had fled from the Gaza Strip to Egypt and 116,000 Palestinians and Syrians had fled from the Golan Heights further into Syria.[2] Until 1967, roughly half of all Palestinians still lived within the boundaries of former Mandatory Palestine, McDowall estimates.[2]

House demolitions[edit]

A United Nations Special Committee heard allegations of the destruction of over 400 Arab villages, but no evidence in corroboration was furnished to the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the population of the territories gained by Israel.[3] UN representative Nils-Göran Gussing noted that 850 of Qalqilya's 2,000 houses were demolished.[4] Allan Gerson notes house demolitions in the Palestinian villages of Imwas, Yalo, Bayt Nuba, Surit, Beit Awwa, Beit Mirsem, Shuyukh, Al-Jiftlik, Agarith, Huseirat, Aqabat Jaber, and ʿEin as-Sultan.[5]

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  1. ^ Bowker, 2003, p. 81.
  2. ^ a b c McDowall, 1989, p. 84.
  3. ^ UN Doc A/8389 of 5 October 1971. Para 57. appearing in the Sunday Times (London) on 11 October 1970, where reference is made not only to the villages of Jalou, Beit Nuba, and Imwas, also referred to by the Special Committee in its first report, but in addition to villages like Surit, Beit Awwa, Beit Mirsem and El-Shuyoukh in the Hebron area and Jiflik, Agarith and Huseirat, in the Jordan Valley. The Special Committee has ascertained that all these villages have been completely destroyed Para 58. the village of Nebi Samwil was in fact destroyed by Israeli armed forces on March 22, 1971.
  4. ^ Tom Segev (2007) 1967 Israel, The War and the Year that Transformed the Middle East Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-72478-4 p 405
  5. ^ Gerson, 1978, p. 162.