Shortly after Israeli forces took control of Arab cities in 1948, their residents were concentrated in separate neighborhoods, usually fenced in with barbed wire. For some Israeli officials, this conjured up “associations of horrors.”

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Yosef Waschitz to United Workers Party (Mapam) Central Committee
July 5, 1948

Letter from Moshe Erem to Minister for Minority Affairs Bechor Shalom Sheetrit
August 1948

Transcripts of Ministerial Committee for Abandoned Property meeting
December 17, 1948