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‘On This Day’ 1948: Jewish Militias Massacre more than 100 Men, Women & Children in Palestinian Village of Deir Yassin

Deir Yassin today (Photo: Wikipedia)

Deir Yassin today (Photo: Wikipedia)

Whenever today’s Israelis rail against the barbarism of Palestinian terrorism, it merits noting that it was the fathers and grandfathers, the mothers and the grandmothers of these same Israelis who often resorted to unspeakable acts of terrorism in service of their ultimate goal of establishing an independent Jewish state– the state of Israel– on Palestinian land. The only people who deny that Israel was not built upon a foundation of terrorism are those who are ignorant of the Jewish state’s history.

Key to the establishment of Israel was getting the undesirables to leave Palestine. This meant the British, colonial rulers of the territory, as well as the indigenous Palestinian population. To deal with the British, right-wing Zionist militant groups like the Irgun and the Lehi (better known as the Stern Gang) engaged in a vicious terror campaign against the colonial rulers. Letter bombings, car bombings, hostage taking (with captives sometimes abused), and assassinations were all carried out with the goal of forcing the British to quit Palestine. Lord Moyne, the British Secretary of State, was assassinated by the Stern Gang in Cairo in 1944.

At the time, the Stern Gang was under the command of Yitzhak Shamir, who would one day become the Prime Minister of Israel. But the most horrific act of Jewish terrorism against British rule occurred on July 22, 1946 when an Irgun leader and another future Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, masterminded and carried out the  bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, an attack that killed 91 people and wounded 46 more.

The terrorism worked. By 1948, the British had withdrawn from Palestine. All that stood between the Zionists and the realization of their dream of an independent homeland were a million or so Palestinians living on land the Jews called Israel. “Among ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both people in this country,” said Joseph Weitz, director of the Jewish National Land Fund in 1940, “and there is no way besides trasferring the Arabs from here to neighboring countries, to transfer them all; except maybe for Bethlehem, Nazareth and Old Jerusalem, we must not leave a single village, a single tribe.”

As it became more and more obvious that the British would soon withdraw, the United Nations proposed in UN Resolution 181 that Palestine be divided into two states– one Jewish, the other Arab. The city of Jerusalem, holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike, was to belong to neither side. When the Arabs rejected Resolution 181, war erupted.

Deir Yassin was a Palestinian village populated by several hundred Arabs. It was strategically located on a hill overlooking the main highway to Jerusalem; at that time there was fierce fighting to control roads and highways. But Deir Yassin residents enjoyed friendly relations with their Jewish neighbors, especially those in the Orthodox settlement of Givat Shaul, located across a valley from their village. In fact, the people of Deir Yassin even had a peace agreement with Givat Shaul in which both villages looked out for the other, notifying them in case their enemies approached. Moreover, Deir Yassin residents resisted– once with deadly results– whenever Arab fighters tried to set up camp there.

But during the first week of April, 1948, Jewish vehicles traveling along the road to Tel Aviv came under attack from Deir Yassin. It was a common Arab tactic at the time to attack traffic on the highways that were the lifelines of the Zionist war effort. In a bid to secure the strategic position that Deir Yassin occupied, the Haganah– later to become the core of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)– authorized an Irgun/Stern Gang attack on the village, with the condition that the attackers occupied it and did not kill women, children or prisoners. As you will soon see, the last part of this order was completely disregarded.

On April 8, 1948, the day before the assault on Deir Yassin, the attackers gathered for a festive briefing at Givat Shaul. There, Irgun commander Mordechai Raanan once again reiterated that women, children, and the elderly were not to be killed and that the village was to be warned of the impending attack by loudspeaker so as to provide an opportunity for residents to flee. A road leading to the Arab village of Ayn Karim was to be left open for the express purpose of allowing such an escape.

But when the assault on Deir Yassin began on Tuesday, April 9, things initially unraveled for the attackers. The loudspeaker truck that was supposed to warn the villagers to flee didn’t work. Instead of evacuating, villagers stood their ground and resisted the assault. They were unaware that the Jews meant to drive them from their homes and occupy the village; they thought the attack was merely a routine raid. Arab snipers made the Zionist advance extremely difficult. Many of the Jews’ weaponry also failed to properly function.

The troops themselves were largely green as well. It was this lack of experience, combined with the absence of heavy support, that caused the Jews to resort to fierce house-to-house attacks. Knowing that storming into homes through the front door amounted to suicide, they tossed grenades into houses, killing whoever was inside.

Sometimes the attackers did enter homes. One 11-year-old survivor recalled:

“As soon as the sun rose, there was knocking at the door, but we did not answer. They blew the door down, entered and stated searching the place; they got to the store room, and took us out one by one. They shot the son-in-law, and when one of his daughters screamed, they shot her too. They then called my brother Mahmoud and shot him in our presence, and when my mother screamed and bent over my brother, carrying my little sister Khadra, who was still being breast fed, they shot my mother too. We all started screaming and crying, but were told that if we did not stop, they would shoot us all. They then lined us up, shot as us, and left.”

Some of the Jewish attackers also allegedly raped women and girls in the village. Assistant Inspector-General Richard Catling of the British Palestine Police Force wrote:

There is… no doubt that many sexual atrocities were committed by the attacking Jews. Many young schoolgirls were raped and later slaughtered. Old women were also molested. One story is current concerning a case in which a young girl was literally torn in two. Many infants were also butchered and killed. I also saw one woman who gave her age as 104 who had been severely beaten about the head with rifle butts. Women had bracelets torn from their arms and rings from their fingers and parts of some of the women’s ears were severed in order to remove earrings.

By noon that day, the fighting was over and the Jews emerged victorious. More than 100 villagers surrendered and were taken prisoner. These survivors, among whom were many women and children, were loaded onto trucks and driven through the streets of West Jerusalem. Jews viciously mocked and jeered them, stoning them and spitting at them.

Meir Pa’il, an intelligence officer with the Palmach, an elite Haganah unit, was in Deir Yassin on April 9, just after the fighting ended. He wrote that he “started hearing shooting in the village. The fighting was over, yet there was the sound of firing of all kinds from different houses… sporadic firing, not like you would hear when they clean a house.” Pa’il said his fellow Jews were “full of lust for murder”:

“[They] were going about the village robbing and stealing everything: Chickens, radio sets, sugar, money, gold and more… Each dissident walked about the village dirty with blood and proud of the number of persons he had killed. Their lack of education and intelligence as compared to our soldiers [Haganah] was apparent… In one of the houses at the center of the village were assembled some 200 women and small children. The women sat quietly and didn’t utter a word. When I arrived, the “commander” explained that they intended to kill all of them. [But] in the evening I heard that the women and children had been transported and released in Musrara.”

The Orthodox Jews of Givat Shaul were largely responsible for saving the lives of many of Deir Yassin’s survivors. Still, many unarmed, innocent civilians were executed along with Arab fighters who had surrendered. Meir Pa’il recounted that “in the quarry near Givat Shaul I saw the five Arabs they had paraded in the streets of the city. They had been murdered and were lying on top of the other… I saw with my own eyes several families murdered with their women, children, and old people, their corpses were lying on top of each other.”

Eliahu Arbel, a Haganah officer, arrived in Deir Yassin on April 10:

“On the following day, after the operation, I inspected the village, in accordance with the order of General Shaltiel. Accompanied by an officer of the attacking unit, I saw the horrors that the fighters had created. I saw bodies of women and children, who were murdered in their houses in cold blood by gun fire, with no signs of battle and not as the result of blowing up the houses. “From my experience I know well that there is no war without killing, and that not only combatants get killed. I have seen a great deal of war, but I never saw a sight like Deir Yassin and therefore I cannot forget what happened there.”

Even after the battle for Deir Yassin, survivors who had hidden or pretended to be dead were killed by Stern Gang members. Some survivors fared better– 55 children orphaned by the Jewish massacre who were abandoned at the gates of Old Jerusalem were taken under the wing of Hind Husseini, a prominent Palestinian matriarch. Husseini converted her large family home into an orphanage and established a foundation to fund it. It still exists today.

On April 11, 1948, Jacques de Reynier, who headed the International Red Cross delegation in Palestine, visited Deir Yassin with his German assistant, Dr. Alfred Engel. De Reynier recounted the horrors he witnessed in the village, including a dead woman “who must have been eight months pregnant, hit in the stomach, with powder burns on her dress indicating she’d been shot point-blank.” The Frenchman ran into an Irgun “cleaning-up team” hard at work when he arrived:

“The gang [the Irgun detachment] was wearing country uniforms with helmets. All of them were young, some even adolescents, men and women, armed to the teeth: revolvers, machine-guns, hand grenades, and also cutlasses in their hands, most of them still blood-stained. A beautiful young girl, with criminal eyes, showed me hers still dripping with blood; she displayed it like a trophy. This was the “cleaning up” team, that was obviously performing its task very conscientiously.

I tried to go into a house. A dozen soldiers surrounded me, their machine-guns aimed at my body, and their officer forbade me to move … I then flew into one of the most towering rages of my life, telling these criminals what I thought of their conduct, threatening them with everything I could think of, and then pushed them aside and went into the house

…I found some bodies, cold. Here the “cleaning up” had been done with machine-guns, then hand grenades. It had been finished off with knives, anyone could see that … as I was about to leave, I heard something like a sigh. I looked everywhere, turned over all the bodies, and eventually found a little foot, still warm. It was a little girl of ten, mutilated by a hand grenade, but still alive.”

Dr. Engel wrote:

“In the houses there were dead, in all about a hundred men, women and children. It was terrible. I did not see any signs of defilement, mutilation, or rape. … It was clear that they (the attackers) had gone from house to house and shot the people at close range. I was a doctor in the German army for five years, in World War I, but I had not seen such a horrifying spectacle.”

All told, 107 Deir Yassin villagers were massacred in the Zionist attack. A dozen more were wounded. Only four of the attackers were killed, with 35 more wounded.

The Deir Yassin massacre, and attacks on other Arab towns and villages in Palestine, succeeded in terrorizing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into fleeing their homes, never to return. This is exactly what the Zionists wanted. Haganah loudspeakers mounted on vehicles played recordings of screaming Arab women along with exhortations for Arabs to flee for their lives or face a similar fate as the villagers of Deir Yassin.

Ultimately, some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled either by force or fear of force. This fact is conveniently ignored by today’s apologists for continued Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians. But David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, was much more honest. He once admitted:

“When we say that the Arabs are the aggressors and we defend ourselves– that is only half the truth. As regards our security and life we defend ourselves… But the fighting is only one aspect of the conflict, which is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves.”

Ben-Gurion also presciently noted that “a people which fights against the usurpation of its land will not tire so easily.”

By 1949, the Jewish neighborhood of Givat Shaul Bet was built where Deir Yassin once stood, one of 418 Palestinian villages destroyed by Israel since the Jewish state’s founding in 1948. Even some Jews found this reprehensible. Scholars Martin Buber, Cecil Roth, Werner Senator and Ernst Simon wrote to Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, asking him to leave Deir Yassin uninhabited. The village, they said, was “infamous throughout the Jewish world, the Arab world, and the whole world.”

But outside of the Arab world, Deir Yassin has been almost completely forgotten, as has the fact that Israel was founded on terrorism and ethnic cleansing– for what else can you call the expulsion of three quarters of a million people from their homeland but ethnic cleansing? The irony of a people who just barely survived the horrors of the Holocaust committing their own campaign of ethnic cleansing was apparently lost upon the perpetrators of Deir Yassin and the many, many other Zionist crimes against humanity.

Of course, many prominent Zionists and their American apologists have worked hard to deny the horrific reality of Deir Yassin and countless other Israeli crimes against humanity. But they will not succeed. The historical record is pregnant with evidence of Zionist atrocities. Try as they may to erase this record, it stands as a testament to the brutality and barbarism inherent in the creation of the Jewish state, lending credibility to those who argue against its legitimacy.

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  1. John SmithApril 11, 2011 at 6:37 amReply

    Please give me one example of a country that was founded without violence. Your story is very touching, but this land has the been is stained with the blood of millions of people for the past 10 thousand years. For you to single out one act by the Jews that killed 100 people is stupid. Did you know that a couple hundred people died in the Ivory Coast last week?

    Tell me what is incorrect from this quote if you want to spin a little more:

    “Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store.”

    Israel became a nation about 1300 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam. The people of modern day Israel share the same language and culture shaped by the Jewish heritage and religion passed through generations starting with the founding father Abraham. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

    After the Romans conquered Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago, Jewish people were expelled and dispersed to the Diaspora, and the Land of Israel was ruled by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire, and by the British Empire.”

    Or this…

    “It was only after the Jews re-inhabited their historic homeland of Judea and Samaria, that the myth of a Palestinian nation was created and marketed worldwide. Jews come from Judea, not Palestinians. There is no language known as Palestinian, or any Palestinian culture distinct from that of all the Arabs in the area. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs indistinguishable from Arabs throughout the Middle East. The Palestinian National Charter adopted by the PLO states this fact in the first article (See the covenant)

    The area called Palestine included the territories of present day Israel and Jordan. Under Lausanne agreement of 1923 Turkey transferred all claims to Palestine to mandatory power Britain. In 1922 Britain allocated nearly 80% of Palestine to Transjordan. In 1947 UN partitioned this remaining land into two states, a second Arab state, Palestine, and Israel. The great majority of Arabs in greater Palestine and Israel share the same culture, language and religion. The Arabs in the area began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Virtually all the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the West Bank of Jordan River have complete autonomy under the rule of the Palestinian Authority.”

    What about this tasty morsel my anti-semitic friend…

    “For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem (1948-1967), they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

    In the Jewish Bible, Jerusalem is mentioned over 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran. Jerusalem is also not mentioned in the Palestinian Covenant.

    King David established the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the whole Land of Israel. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem. Jerusalem remained under Turkish Ottoman Empire rule from 1517 to 1917, and under British rule from 1917 to 1948.”

    Whose land is that again? How do the Jews not have a claim to that land?

    • Brett WilkinsApril 11, 2011 at 8:47 amReplyAuthor

      You see, this is what I am talking about. Before we even get into the contextual veracity of some of those quotes, we must address the “anti-semitism” issue. You, like many Zionist apologists, use the “anti-semitism” smear in an attempt to stifle any and all criticism of Israeli actions and policies, which have been universally condemned (except by the US). Were you to know that my mother was Jewish and I attended 5 years of Hebrew school, you would have to pick another slur to use against me. “Self-hating Jew,” another favorite of your ilk (usually spat with even more fervent vitriol), perhaps? Nah. Not 100% accurate, since I rejected that (and all) religions by the time I was old enough to realize they were all shams. That was around age 10. I thought you and I would be able to engage in a respectful, fact-centric debate, but your “anti-semitic” remark was both unfounded and supremely ignorant. Perhaps you didn’t read the post by the Israeli-American jurist Ron Lunski on this site, rebutting our piece on the Israeli war against Gaza?
      The last thing this social justice website can be called is “anti-Semitic.” Anti-religion, yes. But as far as the Western religions go, Judaism is actually our FAVORITE. Why? Because where Islam and Christianity are both proselytizing religions– Islam is a “convert-or-die” religion, Christianity is a “convert-or-spend-eternity-in-hell” religion, Judaism is an “exclusive” religion, the “chosen people” aren’t trying to sell you their faith, or worse, tell you that you’ll die or go to hell (they don’t have hell) if you reject it.

  2. Betty FokkerApril 11, 2011 at 11:13 amReply

    I disagree, strongly, with John Smith. Just because other countries have practiced terrorism and violence, does not make it excusable under any circumstances. “Everybody does it” is not a free pass; it only means that “everybody” is completely in the wrong when they commit crimes against humanity.

    • Brett WilkinsApril 11, 2011 at 1:37 pmReplyAuthor

      Such is the “realism” school of international relations, perfectly exemplified by administration after administration here in the US as well. “Realism” is what drives Obama, Nobel Peace Laureate that he is, to re-establish relations with the Kopassus, an Indonesian military unit guilty of crimes against humanity. And realism is what caused Obama (who expressed sympathy with the Palestinians as a candidate) to abandon them and, as all US leaders must do, get down on his knees in open genuflection before Israel. “Realism” is a cop-out– it allows those who would deny justice to others to claim that “this is the way things have always been.”

  3. John SmithApril 11, 2011 at 12:36 pmReply

    So you would argue that this insane text from your original post is not anti-semitic?

    has the fact that Israel was founded on terrorism and ethnic cleansing– for what else can you call the expulsion of three quarters of a million people from their homeland but ethnic cleansing.

    Are you familiar with Frantzman?

    What were Arab intentions in the five months between the passage of the UN partition plan on November 29, 1947, and the birth of Israel? Sixty-two Jews were murdered by Arabs in the first week after the UN partition plan was passed, and by May 15, 1948, a total of 1,256 Jews had been killed, most of them civilians. These deaths were caused by Arab militias, gangs, terrorists and army units which attacked every place of Jewish inhabitation in Palestine.

    The attacks succeeded in placing Jerusalem under siege and eventually cutting off its water supply. All Jewish villages in the Negev were attacked, and Jews had to go about the country in convoys. In every major city where Jews and Arabs lived in mixed neighborhoods the Jewish areas came under attack. This was true in Haifa’s Hadar Hacarmel as well as Jerusalem’s Old City.

    Massacres were not uncommon.

    Thirty-nine Jews were killed by Arab rioters at Haifa’s oil refinery on December 30, 1947. On January 16, 1948, 35 Jews were killed trying to reach Gush Etzion. On February 22, 44 Jews were murdered in a bombing on Jerusalem’s Rehov Ben-Yehuda. And on February 29, 23 Jews were killed all across Palestine, eight of them at the Hayotzek iron foundry.

    Thirty-five Jews were murdered during the Mount Scopus convoy massacre on April 13. And 127 Jews were massacred at Kfar Etzion on May 15, 1948, after 30 others had died defending the Etzion Bloc.

    In Arab countries more than 100 Jews were also massacred and synagogues were burned in Aleppo and Aden, driving thousands of Jews from their homes.

    Back in Palestine many small kibbutzim were subjected to attacks, including Gvulot, Ben-Shemen, Holon, Safed, Bat Yam and Kfar Yavetz – all in December. In January and February, it was the turn of Rishon Lezion, Yehiam, Mishmar Hayarden, Tirat Zvi, Sde Eliahu, Ein Hanatziv, Magdiel, Mitzpe Hagalil and Ma’anit.

    In March and April these attacks culminated with an assault on Hartuv by 400 Arabs based in the village of Ishwa and an attack on Kfar Darom by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Arab attackers also bombed The Palestine Post in February. In March, the Jewish Agency, the Solel Boneh building in Haifa and an Egged bus were also bombed.

    Some of today’s scholars prefer to present every massacre of Jews as a “response” to some Jewish deed, and to portray as a “myth” the very idea that Israel struggled desperately for existence in 1948.

    But it was no myth.

    In my opinion it was about time Israelis lashed out. You can only kick them so much before they will react. If the accounts you posted are not fabricated and embellished then so be it. It was wrong for the Israelis to have done what they did. I have my doubts about anything coming our of Palestine. The only thing you can be sure of that comes from Palestine is the constant barrage of rockets aimed at civilians. As for claim that you are an anti-semite…it stands. I will remove the label when you acknowledge the 1000’s of Jews killed by Palestian Arabs before this attack you so masterfully trumpet. None of it is right in my eyes but you really have perfected finding a way around the beam to pick out the mote. Bravo!

    • Brett WilkinsMay 16, 2011 at 4:21 pmReplyAuthor

      There is nothing whatsoever anti-Semitic about my post. My mother and grandparents were Jewish. My aunts and cousins are Jewish. I attended Hebrew school for several years.
      Yes, Arabs did kill Jews. But let’s not forget, they were fighting for their very homes. Some 700,000 Palestinians were expelled, often brutally, from their homes, with hundreds of Arab villages literally wiped off the map by Zionist newcomers. It was THEIR home, not the Jews.
      David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel: “In our political argument abroad, we minimize Arab opposition to us. But let us not ignore the truth among ourselves… a people which fights against the usurpation of its land will not tire so easily.”

  4. John SmithApril 11, 2011 at 12:38 pmReply

    My source…

  5. Betty FokkerApril 11, 2011 at 3:34 pmReply

    The Holocaust and other rabid anti-Semitic atrocities, which are historical FACTS, do not grant immunity from censure when crimes against humanity are perpetrated by Israelis. An ethnic cleansing performed BY a Jewish state is just as bad as an ethnic cleansing that TARGETS Jewish people. Evil is Evil, no matter the justifications or excuses or “they-did-it-too” arguments. Antisemitism would 1)deny the Holocaust, or 2) support the holocaust, or 3)imply only Jews did bad things or 4) were an “inferior” group. I didn’t see any of that bullshit in the article. Just a record of an vile act that should be remembered as a shame to any nation, no matter the socio-cultural heritage of that nation.

  6. Simon GoodmanJuly 1, 2012 at 6:19 amReply

    Brett, this IS in fact one of the most distorted “history” of the Arab Israeli conflict in Palestine. It is so full of lies and distortion that it can only be seen as an Anti-Semitic propaganda. In fact Jews did not attack the Arabs in Palestine until they were attacked by Arabs with support of the British Govt. For instance 67 Jews were massacred in Hebron in 1936. These were not newcomers to Palestine, but Jews who were there for generations, some from before the arrival of Arabs to Palestine. It was the Arabs who started the 1948 war, following the UN decision, with the Palestinian “Arab Liberation Army” invading Palestine and killing hundreds of Jewish civilians (of 500 pow’s, mostly civilians, only one survived). The Jews were defending themselves, which for both Arabs and Europeans was a first in 2000 years. As they expected the Jews to be exterminated quietly as they’ve done both in Europe and in various Arab countries. I understand your indignation as it was absolutely CRIMINAL of the Jews to stop being helpless victims and give as good as they got.

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 2, 2012 at 7:21 pmReplyAuthor

      You are right that the first violence was committed by Palestinians angry at Jewish newcomers. Jewish militias, including the terrorist groups Irgun and Lehi, did indeed form as self-defense forces to protect the settlers against Arab violence. But you must be honest with yourself and ask WHY these Arabs would want to attack Jews. The answer lies not in anti-semitism or any inherent Arab propensity towards violence, but in the fact that Zionists– European colonizers– began to usurp Palestinian lands. At the time the violence began, Jews made up less than 10% of the population of what would become Israel.

      The Zionist claims to legitimacy in Palestine are highly dubious to say the least– imagine if every people on earth who lost their ancestral homeland millennia ago (the last Jewish kingdom in Palestine fell more than 2,500 years ago) claimed those lands as their God-given birthrights? Global chaos would reign.

      I also dare you to find one lie in my article. Accusing critics of lying and being anti-Semites is a tried-and-true Zionist tactic used to smear those, including Holocaust survivors, who shine light on the uncomfortable truths of Israeli crimes against humanity, including ethnic cleansing, apartheid and illegal and internationally-condemned occupation.

  7. Simon GoodmanJuly 13, 2012 at 6:00 amReply

    Brett your boast, “dare you to find one lie in my article” would have been funny if it wasn’t such a serious attempt to twist the truth and mislead those people who know very little about the history of Israel and Palestine. The inconvenient truth is that it was the Jews in Palestine who for close to a century were the victims of Arab aggression, just as Jews right through the Arab and Muslim world were for over a thousand years. The real “ethnic cleansing” was the way 99% of the Jews in all the Arab countries (from Egypt and Iraq to Yemen) were expelled out of their countries within 2 years of the formation of the state of Israel and ended up as refugees in the fledgling state of Israel! They in fact outnumbered the Palestinian refugees, but unlike the Arab countries Israel did not reject or imprisoned them in camps, but accepted these refugees. Today they and their offsprings are the majority of Jews in Israel. In contrast, Jews in Palestine never “usurped “ anybody. Whether under the Turkish or the British rule Jews could only buy only land from Arabs, never “take” it. The land which they were sold was either bad-lands turned into desert by poor agrarian practices or worse, mosquito infested swamps. The Jews drained the swamps and irrigated the parched land to turn it into fertile land. Then, suddenly, the Arabs turned on them and started to attack the Jews. As I’ve mentioned before, most of the Arab violence was directed at Jews in Arab towns, like Hebron and Jerusalem, who were mostly not the “newly arrived”, but Jews who lived in Palestine for generations, in some cases since Biblical times. While the Arabs attacked the Jews, who under the British rule were not allowed to own or carry arms or weapons, the British stood by. Only when the Jews fought back the British intervened and threw those caught with arms to prison. It was this blatant hypocrisy which drove some Jews to fight the British directly. The British responded imprisoning and even executing them. This was the trigger for incidents such as the bombing of the King David hotel (where the British headquarter in Palestine was). However those who fought the British were always a small minority which was condemned by the majority of the Jews in Palestine. When the UN decided the partition Palestine, according to population ratio in various parts of the country, the Arabs, both Palestinians and all the surrounding countries, declared war and attacked the small Jewish community, with full support from the British. That is the truth and your stories are not, regardless of your dares.

    • Brett WilkinsApril 9, 2013 at 9:29 amReplyAuthor

      I notice you still haven’t found one “lie” in my post.

      • jorgeSeptember 16, 2013 at 5:35 pmReply

        First lie: there wasn´t 700.000 of palestines expelled.
        Second lie: in 1858 the laws of land of turkish ottoman opened the registry of the land ownership. The few arabs and bedouins that lived there felt so alien to the land that avoided register as a way to avoid taxes payment to the empire, so others take advantage of this fact and put the lands at his own name, so they finally became the owners in absentia of the lands. They became the lord of the lands and they lived out of palestine. That silly way to avoid taxes had a terrible price for the arabs, that finally lost their lands taken as milk by the ottoman code of 1858, the only lands that could had had a private ownership.
        Third lie: most of the arabs of palestine didn´t live there for generations. You can see the census of turkish ottoman empire and as you can notice, Palestine at that time was all today israel plus all today west bank plus all today gaza strip plus big parts of today jordan plus big parts of today syria plus big parts of today lebannon. Nowaday 1.7 millons of palestine arabs live in what is known as israel and they weren´t inmigrants from other countries to israel. And if you take the census of 1922, made for the british, you´ll find that on that year there was 590.000 arabs in palestine, but palestine at the british mandate was all today israel plus all today gaza plus all today west bank plus all today jordania, so how many of them lived merely on today´s israel? how many of them were expelled in 1948 and how many were able to stay in today israel that 60 years later became a population of 1.7 millons?

    • John PetersApril 9, 2013 at 11:15 amReply

      Well, consider my heart strings thoroughly tugged. Love your ever-suffering, ever-noble Jew-as-supreme-and-unimpeachable-being spin on history, Simon.
      One can almost feel the warmth, the radiant innocence emitted from the unique – and especially moral – figure that you conjure in your hysterical, grotesque, and paradoxically self-defeating antidote to classical antisemitic caricature.
      How extraordinarily benign of a fledgling Jewish supremacist state to accept incoming Jewish refugees! What a singular and, of course, unique act of kindness!
      Any chance you could actually just back up your assertion that Wilkins’s piece is “full of lies and distortion” – or are you content to offer fairy tales and pure propaganda in place of evidence?

  8. John FletcherOctober 28, 2015 at 3:53 amReply

    In keeping with the sloppy journalistic practices of anti Israel writers, you have confused the victims with the aggressors.

    Your article about Deir Yassin, “On This Day: 1948”, shows a picture titled “Some of the dead of Deir Yassin”.

    The picture actually shows Jews killed and mutilated by Arabs on the Bethlehem Road (see the book “O Jerusalem” by Collins and Lapierre, 1973 Pocket Book edition, page 106).

    You can easily see this is not Deir Yassin, which was a small village. The picture shows a mile marker which would only appear on a major road.

    I also resent your complete omission of the numerous massacres by Arabs committed during the war.

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  • South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Signs Anti-LGBTQ Adoption, Foster Care Bill Into Law
  • Mississippi Republican Andy Gipson Kills Domestic Violence Divorce Bill