On April 9,
Irgun (led by
Gang (led by
entered the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin and massacred
over 100 men, women and children. The village had a
population of about 600-750 people, and had a reputation for
being a peaceful village. There were also reports of rapes
and mutilations. The remaining men were marched into
Jerusalem, lined up along a wall and shot. 53 children were
marched into Jerusalem and dumped along a wall.
The massacre is one of the most significant events in 20th century
Palestinian/Israeli history, not because of its size or
brutality, but because it stands as the starkest early warning
of a calculated depopulation of over 500 Arab villages and
cities and the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinian
Gaza for the
third time in
over 500 of
them children. Israelís intention is to take all of Palestine with
as few Palestinians remaining as possible. Their constant
attacks on Gaza have left the small slice on the
Mediterranean with few resources.
According to OCHA, a UN organization, 17,200 homes were
destroyed, 244 schools badly damaged, 457,000
Palestinians were living in temporary shelters after the
massacres, with 110,000 still without homes today. And
more than 450,000 have no access to clean drinking water.
What Israel has done is a war crime against a trapped
civilian population of 1.8 million Palestinians. It is an outrage.
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The Nakba, (the Arabic word for 'Catastrophe'), is the term used to describe the period between Dec 1947 to Jan 1949, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes and land to make way for the state of Israel. Many also lost their lives, in the numerous massacres committed in Palestinian villages by the Jewish terrorists groups, the Stern Gang, Irgun, and the Hagana. An early example is the village of Khisas in Dec 1947. As described by Ilan Pappe, the renowned Israeli historian:
Jewish troops attacked the village on 18 December 1947, and randomly started blowing up houses at the dead of night while the occupants were still fast asleep. Fifteen villagers, including five children, were killed in the attack. The incident shocked the New York Times’ correspondent, who closely followed the unfolding events. He went and demanded an explanation from the Hagana, which at first denied the operation. When the inquisitive reporter did not let go, they eventually admitted it. Ben-Gurion issued a dramatic public apology, claiming the action had been unauthorised but, a few months later, in April, he included it in a list of successful operations.
This was one of over thirty massacres, which emptied 531 villages of their occupants as people fled their homes when they heard the news and fear and panic spread across Palestine. After the massacres and armed attacks had emptied the villages, the Zionist forces physically destroyed over 400 of them so that the residents would have nothing to return to.
Further details may be read in Ilan Pappe’s book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
These Palestinians have been granted the right to return to their villages by United Nations Resolution 194, article 11, which states:
...that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date...
Sixty five years later, these refugees are still waiting, as Israel refuses them their right of return. Some now live in western countries, such as the USA. Several live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have said that they would return to Palestine immediately given the opportunity, despite the fact that they have not been there for over six decades. Many of the Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 are still living in refugee camps with their descendants in neighbouring countries. Shatila is one example, in Lebanon, where the refugees live in appalling squalor and overcrowding.
Further details on the villages and villagers that were ethnically cleansed may be found on the Palestine Remembered website, the oral history project of the Nakba:
and see the IMEU: Nakba Fact Sheet
Jaffa: from eminence to ethnic cleansing
Other useful websites on the subject include:
The Nakba continues today, as illegal Israeli settlements are built on stolen Palestinian land. More and more Palestinians are losing their homes in East Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territory known as the West Bank. According to the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions over 28,000 homes and structures essential to livelihood and social life have now been demolished.
Please help in our work against this continuing dispossession by boycotting products such as SodaStream and Ahava that are manufactured in these illegal settlements.