The current members of the Arab League (and the date of their admission):
* Egypt - March 22, 1945 (Founder) (suspended, 1979-1989)
* Iraq - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
* Jordan - March 22, 1945 (Founder) (entered when still using the name "Transjordan")
* Lebanon - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
* Saudi Arabia - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
* Syria - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
* Yemen - May 5, 1945 (Founder)
* Libya - March 28, 19531
* Sudan - January 19, 1956
* Morocco - October 1, 1958
* Tunisia - October 1, 1958
* Kuwait - July 20, 1961
* Algeria - August 16, 1962
* United Arab Emirates - June 12, 1971
* bahrain - September 11, 1971
* Qatar - September 11, 1971
* Oman - September 29, 1971
* Mauritania - November 26, 1973
* Somalia - February 14, 1974
* Palestine - succeeding to the position held by the Palestine Liberation Organization since September 9, 1976
* Djibouti Djibouti - April 9, 1977
* Comoros - November 20, 1993
Originally Posted by Osman
And as usual, you are highly amusing, calling the Palestinian refugee problem a work of fiction.
oh really, and you're an expert on this, because of your Swedish knowledge on refugees. Highly amusing, or highly ignorant of you I would say.
Arab refugees part 1 :
Only a George Orwell or a Franz Kafka could have done justice to the story of the Arab refugee problem. For twenty years, the world has been indoctrinated with a vision of its origins, its scope, the responsibilities for its solution. The intent of this picture is, roughly, that in 1948 the Jewish people launched an attack on the Arab inhabitants of Palestine, drove them out, and thus established the State of Israel. The number of innocent peace-loving Arabs thus turned refugee was -- here you may insert any figure that occurs to you, such as a million, one and a half million, two million. Justice demands that the refugees be restored to their homes, and until that day, the world (everyone, that is, except the Arab people) must care for their upkeep.
The Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees not by the action of their enemies or because of well-grounded fear of their enemies, but by the initiative of their own leaders. For nearly a generation, those leaders have wilfully kept as many people as they possibly could in degenerating squalor, preventing their rehabilitation, and holding out to all of them the hope of return and of "vengeance" on the Jews of Israel, to whom they have transferred the blame for their plight.
The fabrication can probably most easily be seen in the simple circumstance that at the time the alleged cruel expulsion of Arabs by Zionists was in progress, it passed unnoticed. Foreign newspapermen who covered the war of 1948 on both sides did, indeed, write about the flight of the Arabs, but even those most hostile to the Jews saw nothing to suggest that it was not voluntary. In the three months during which the major part of the Right took place -- April, May, and June 1948 -- the London Times, at that time [openly] hostile to Zionism, published eleven leading articles on the situation in Palestine in addition to extensive news reports and articles. In none was there even a hint of the charge that the Zionists were driving the Arabs from their homes.
More interesting still, no Arab spokesman mentioned the subject. At the height of the flight, on April 27, Jamal Husseini, the Palestine Arabs' chief representative at the United Nations, made a long political statement, which was not lacking in hostility toward the Zionists; he did not mention refugees. Three weeks later (while the flight was still in progress), the Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, made a fiercely worded political statement on Palestine; it contained not a word about refugees.
The Arab refugees were not driven from Palestine by anyone. The vast majority left, whether of their own free will or at the orders or exhortations of their leaders, always with the same reassurance-that their departure would help in the war against Israel. Attacks by Palestinian Arabs on the Jews had began two days after the United Nations adopted its decision of November 29, 1947, to divide western Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state. The seven neighbouring Arab states-Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Egypt -- then prepared to invade the country as soon as the birth of the infant State of Israel was announced. Their victory, was certain, they claimed, but it would be speeded and made easier if the local Arab population got out of the way. The refugees would come back in the wake of the victorious Arab armies and not only recover their own property but also inherit the houses and farms of the vanquished and annihilated Jews. Between December 1, 1947, and May 15, 1948, the clash was largely between bands of local Arabs, aided in diverse ways by the disintegrating British authority and the Jewish fighting organisations.