Daily Israel Report

Press Spun Fly-In’s True Aims

The “fly-in” activists intended to hold symbolic “returns” to pre-1948 Arab villages.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/11/2011, 1:38 PM / Last Update: 7/11/2011, 1:49 PM

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Activists who took part in the unsuccessful “Fly-In” intended to visit the locations of Arab villages that were abandoned in 1948, together with Arab descendants of people who lived there. While foreign press reported this intent, Israeli press did not – because Israeli leftists propagate the illusion that Arabs only seek land that they forfeited in 1967.

This media behavior was explained by investigative journalist David Bedein in an interview with Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew language service.
 
The entire Fly-In was organized by an organization named Al Awda – The Return – and activists were equipped with accurate maps of locations within Israel that had become Jewish communities after 1948. These sites are not in Judea and Samaria, which were only liberated in 1967.
 
According to Bedein, the activists located descendants of Arabs who fled from these locations in 1948. The descendants live in the United States, Canada and Europe. They traveled with them to countries from which Israel does not require a visa and set out to Israel with the intent of holding demonstrations in Yafo, Lod, Tzfat and other locations.
 
The Israeli press has not  made this information known to Israelis, he said, because it is intent upon deceiving Israelis into thinking the “Palestinians” just want Judea and Samaria.
 
Bedein also quotes Arab affairs expert Pinchas Inbari who estimated that come September, the PA intends to ask the United Nations for a state along 1947 UN Partition Plan boundaries. This may awaken some Israelis to the true aims of the PA, he said.
 
Bedein's interpretation contradicts information relayed by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which said the activists were looking to stir up trouble in Judea and Samaria.