Excerpt from the book "Before their Diaspora" by Walid Khalidi:
A typical Palestinian refugee camp at Nahr al-Barid in northern Lebanon, winter 1948
Background: The First Palestinian Diaspora
By 15 May 1948 hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees from scores of Palestinian towns and hundreds of Palestinian villages had been scattered to the four winds in the neighboring Arab countries
On 5 June 1948 David Ben-Gurion wrote in his diary: 'We must make immediate preparations for settlement of the abandoned villages with the assistance of the Jewish National Fund.'
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