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There has been a significant Palestinian refugee problem over the last 50 years. Do sources A-F allow you to come to a firm conclusion about who or what is responsible for this problem?

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Modern World Study: The Arab-Israeli Conflict There has been a significant Palestinian refugee problem over the last 50 years. Do sources A-F allow you to come to a firm conclusion about who or what is responsible for this problem? Sources A-G give us very mixed answers to this question. Almost all of the sources include a biased view. This is partly because most of the time, the people writing the sources are on conflicting sides. The Palestinians are going to stand up for the Palestinian 'side of the argument', and the Israelis are going to stand up for the Israeli 'side of the argument'. We could go along with the journalists version of events, (Source C), but again, it is possible for the information to be very biased. This is unlikely, however, as the journalist is Irish, and has no apparent reason to favour either side. However, as none of the sources are entirely trustworthy, I shall study all of them, and come to my own conclusions. 'Source A' gives us a Palestinian view of why the Arabs fled from Palestine in 1948. ...read more.

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She also states that the Arabs did not leave because of fear of being killed; they left to make room for the Arab armies. This speech was made in 1961, still quite a long time after the Arab Exodus. I believe that because the worst of the fighting was over now, people were no longer afraid to speak out their views, thus giving us an opinionated, yet possibly more accurate source of information. The journalist's version of events was written at the same time as the foreign minister's version of events. In this way, it might have somehow 'swayed' the opinion of the journalist. However, the information in 'source C' seems merely factual. The article says there are museum records proving that the Palestinian civilians were told to stay put, and not to evacuate the country. Because there is hard evidence backing this conclusion, I am inclined to believe the Irish journalist. As well as this, we can see that the museum received its information from a trustworthy, unbiased source (BBC recordings of Middle East broadcasts from throughout 1948). ...read more.

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They may also be suggesting that they agree with the fighting, but not the principles of their leader. Finally, I would say that the sources do not allow us to come to a firm conclusion about the reason for the refugee problem, but I think they allow us to come to a conclusion. The evidence is too biased, and we need more opinions from people that are unassociated with Palestine and Israel. Only then may we receive an unbiased answer to the question of why the Palestinian problem was so big. If I had to make a decision on the most reliable piece of evidence, I would say that it is the Irish journalist's. I would be more inclined to support the Arabs. However, I am not fully on the side of the Arabs: I think that neither party was willing to accept responsibility for the condition the country was in, nor did they want to accept responsibility for the refugees. Also, neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis were willing to make a compromise, and 'share' the country. They both wanted all of it for themselves and their people. ...read more.

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