The Jordanian journalist, Jawad Al-Bashiti, writes: “In the Palestinian Nakba, the first war between the Arabs and Israelis had begun and the Arab Salvation Army said to the Palestinians: ‘We have come to exterminate the Zionists and their state. Leave your homes and villages, you will return in a few days’. Mahmoud Al-Habbash added: ‘The leaders and elites promised at the beginning of the Nakba in 1948 that the exile would not take long and that it would only last a few days or months, and then the refugees could return to their homes. Many had not left them until they believed the false promises given by the political leaders and elites’”. Once again, the President of the Palestinian Authority (originally from Safed), Mahmoud Abbas said: “To be honest, we were scared. My family decided- I was the eldest of those who left with my brother’s wife and their two children- that they would move us… I only had two pairs of shoes, a new pair and an old one. I said: ‘I will leave with my old shoes and I will leave the new ones for when I return…’ We left with the hope of returning. We were taken to the east of Safed, to the Jordan River.” Ali Muhammad Karake confessed: “When we heard the news that the Jews were near the villages, the Arab Salvation Army- may Allah protect them came and said: ‘leave the village so that nothing happens to you like what happened in Deir Yassin. Leave, but don’t go too far because they (the Jews) will stop here shortly‘. The people left with nothing, not even bread, and they went to the mountains and were given tents”.