April 9, 2006

Remembering Deir Yassin


While it may be just another day for most of us, today marks the 58th anniversary of the brutal massacre of more than 100 innocent Palestinian men, women and children from the village of Deir Yassin by members of the Zionist Irgun & Stern Gangs. This brutal oppression of Palestinians by the state of Israel continues today. Criminals who were members of such gangs became prominent Israeli politicians who were hailed as "peace makers" and "democrats" by the West. Not surprisingly, Zionists have tried to deny that this massacre even took place. How typically cowardly of them.

The story goes a little like this...
Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. The village lay outside of the area to be assigned by the United Nations to the Jewish State; it had a peaceful reputation. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Deir Yassin was slated for occupation under Plan Dalet and the mainstream Jewish defense force, the Haganah, authorized the irregular terrorist forces of the Irgun and the Stern Gang to perform the takeover.

In all, over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. Fifty-three orphaned children were literally dumped along the wall of the Old City, where they were found by Miss Hind Husseini and brought behind the American Colony Hotel to her home, which was to become the Dar El-Tifl El-Arabi orphanage.

May they all rest in peace...Never again...

More on the Deir Yassin massacre: [via EI]
  • In Memoriam: Deir Yassin, Arjan El Fassed (9 April 2004)
  • Remembering Deir Yassin, Daniel McGowan (26 September 2003)
  • First U.S. Memorial to Deir Yassin Dedicated in New York State, WRMEA (November 2003)
  • Efforts to negate right of return have long, ignoble history, Issam Nashashibi (29 August 2003)
  • Remembering Deir Yassin, James Zogby (Al-Ahram Special)
  • Reinterpreting Deir Yassin, Sharif Kanaana, Birzeit University (24 November 1998)
  • Fifty years of dispossession, Jan de Jong Le Monde Diplomatique (September 1997)
  • The '48 Nakba and the Zionist quest for its completion, Illan Pappe (October 2002)
  • The 1948 Massacre at Deir Yassin Revisited, Matthew Hogan (2001)
  • Deir Yassin: Remembrance and Forgiveness, Daniel McGowan, The Link (April/May 1997)
  • Remember Deir Yassin: A Reflection on Memory and Justice, Marc H. Ellis, Birzeit University (April 1997)
  • Destroyed Palestinian Villages: A Reign of Terror & Systematic Expulsion, Birzeit University (March 1997)

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    *photo: [the tomb of the unknown at Deir Yassin]

    2 Comments:

    At 11:17 PM, Blogger JasonSpalding said...

    Palestinians poured onto the streets of Gaza, protesting Western aid cuts ... quit asking for handouts!

     
    At 12:47 PM, Blogger moi said...

    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    First, Palestinians are not asking for handouts. Let me remind you that the US created the Palestinian Authority in the mid-90's as a way to move past the PLO and into peace agreements with Israel. The US was the main "peace broker" and continues to have the most influence on the conflict today. Therefore, it is expected that the US will shoulder the responsibility of providing for an entity which it encouraged to come into existence.

    Second, the US has been providing large amounts of aid for the PA before HAMAS came into power, and it has done so in the interest of furthering its own view of what "peace in the Middle East" should look like. At the same time, President Bush continues to carry the banner of democracy promotion in the ME, claiming that Arabs should be able to choose their own leaders. When the Palestinians did that, after the ruling party Fatah had been squandering international aid for decades, the US decided to cut off its aid. Why didn't the US government care when its tax-payer money was being wasted by Fatah officials on luxury cars and shopping sprees in Europe? Now that a more efficient and presumably more fiscally responsible party has come into power, the US decides to give up?
    Give me a break.

     

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