Sometimes it seems myths about the Gaza Strip are endless. With Israel disengaging, now is a good time to do some myth-busting: Let's start with the fact that it was the PLO and the UN which forced Palestinians to stay in refugee camps, not Israel. In fact, Israel actually built homes and neighborhoods in Gaza for Palestinian refugees but the UN condemned Israel's efforts, demanding that the refugees be returned to their hovels. The PLO, for its part, wasn't so subtle – it threatened to kill any refugee who dared to move.
Filmmaker Rehov interviews several prominent scholars and survivors of the Arab pogroms including Bat Ye'or, the scholar who introduced the concept of "dhimmitude" (the legal and social conditions of Jews and Christians subjected to Islamic rule) into the lexicon. They vividly elucidate the circumstances precipitating the departure of these Jews from their longtime homes.
CAMERA staff and members prompted a Los Angeles Times correction on correspondent Laura King's April 24 article which grossly overstated the number of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war. Editors, however, declined to correct a second error in King's article that day, in which she misrepresented the Israeli army description of West Bank raids