Deir Yassin Massacre Remembered

Picture: Palestine Solidarity Project (C)

Picture: Palestine Solidarity Project (C)

(Note from the editor: I regret that we weren’t able to run this on April 9 due to site upgrades, but it’s still an important story and worthy of your consideration.)

Tell me this doesn’t reek of abuse victims becoming perpetrators.  Raouf J. Halaby writes in Counterpunch:

Even though April 9, 1948, is a day of infamy for Palestinians, few commemorative ceremonies will be held.

Sixty-Five years ago today organized Jewish terrorist groups, including the Irgun and Stern gangs, attacked the Village of Deir Yassin, a village whose population numbered some 600 people; 112 women children and old men were brutally butchered in a massacre that has been likened to the Babi Yar Nazi massacre of Jews in Kiev, Ukraine. Add insult to injury, some of the survivors were stripped, loaded on flat truck beds, paraded in a demeaning triumphal drive through Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods, driven out of town, and shot to death. Under the cover of dark, 55 surviving children were loaded on trucks and dumped in a Jerusalem alleyway. Close to 600 villages were bulldozed and permanently wiped off the map.  Some ironies: the Israelis would change the name of the village to Kfar Shaul, move Holocaust survivors into homes that were not destroyed, build a mental institution on the site, and the site itself is within full view of the Holocaust Memorial, a site just recently visited by Barack Obama.

For some reason during the past six weeks I have been receiving emails from the White House Public Engagement Office about Obama’s  love fest trip to Israel, the White House Passover Seder dinner, and only yesterday, another email on ”Yom Hashoah” which reads as follows:

I join the people here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world in observing Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today we honor the memories of the six million Jewish victims and millions of others who perished in the darkness of the Shoah. As we reflect on the beautiful lives lost, and their great potential that would never be fulfilled, we also pay tribute to all those who resisted the Nazis’ heinous acts and all those who survived.

On my recent trip to Israel, I had the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, and reaffirm our collective responsibility to confront anti-Semitism, prejudice, and intolerance across the world. On this Yom Hashoah, we must accept the full responsibility of remembrance, as nations and as individuals – not simply to pledge “never again,” but to commit ourselves to understanding, empathy and compassion that is the foundation of peace and human dignity.

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  • Ted Heistman

    “Tell me this doesn’t reek of abuse victims becoming perpetrators”

    No. I can’t because it does.

  • geminihigh

    Many zionists who were instrumental in the founding of Israel but didn’t participate in the massacres eventually became disenfranchised with what they had helped accomplish. The facts were clouded and hidden from them for a long time, but the truth came out. I recall in “From Beirut to Jerusalem” one such “freedom fighter” was really disgusted and felt he had been used. They were supposed to be a morally righteous, humane group of people, but in the end they turned out to be raiders, barbarians, and murderers. Yet Jews around the world are clueless and wonder why they are the still the most hated group of people on Earth. They cling to the old excuses of deicide and jealousy when the real cause is clear. They can hear no other reasons when their leaders have instructed them to scream “anti-semite!” and “holocaust!” at the top of their lungs when the slightest perceived hint of criticism comes there way. Zionists are the worst kind of bigots; the ones who often don’t recognize they are bigots. That makes them extremely dangerous, and extremely loathed. They seem themselves as tolerant and morally superior yet don’t understand why the term “goy” is offensive. All the while the SIONISTS laugh from the shadows as their zionist pawns do their bidding…

  • BuzzCoastin

    In the neighborhood lived a famous dervish
    who passed for the best philosopher in Turkey;
    they went to consult him: Pangloss, who was their spokesman,
    addressed him thus:
    “Master, we come to entreat you to tell us why so strange an animal as man has been formed?”
    “Why do you trouble your head about it?” said the dervish; “is it any business of yours?”
    “But, Reverend Father,” said Candide, “there is a horrible deal of evil on the earth.”
    “What signifies it,” said the dervish, “whether there is evil or good?
    When His Highness sends a ship to Egypt does he trouble his head
    whether the rats in the vessel are at their ease or not?”
    “What must then be done?” said Pangloss.
    “Be silent,” answered the dervish.
    Voltaire 1759

  • Ted Heistman

    That’s not really true. “Might” can be a consensus of people realizing something is wrong and needs to change. Otherwise, why was slavery abolished? Why don’t little kids lose limbs in factories? Why aren’t we living in the middle ages and beating peasants for not genuflecting the Nobles?

  • Ted Heistman

    There is still slavery, I am not ignorant of that, but it needs to be hidden, because the global consensus is that it is wrong. Under the Roman Empire it was out in the open. The majority of people were slaves and had no rights. You simply aren’t being realistic.

  • Andrew

    As you yourself pointed out, the oppressor is right.

  • Ted Heistman

    what about his wife and kids?

  • geminihigh

    troll. troll. troll. troll. i never said i hate nature. i embrace it. troll. troll. bomb thrower. troll. boo this man!

  • InfvoCuernos

    So is that why you never hear Obama talk about Reparations? He doesn’t want to pay into that either?

  • jnana

    while I agree poor African americans have a unique experience, socioeconomic disadvantage, lack of access, and victimization is more a result of class than race, although race will combine to make it a unique oppression experience. I believe the oppression that results from race is a cultural subversion. Whatever happened to the Black Panthers and other upholders of a positive African American culture? You won’t see them on TV unless its to ridicule them.

  • jnana

    he’s right, though. Nature is the cause. And I ain’t afraid to admit I hate that aspect of nature

  • jnana

    you have to admit, though, that the Civil Rights movement did achieve a lot. I think its important to realize the importance and power of Solidarity, even if its just for its own sake and doesn’t make the sweeping changes to topple oppression. The rulers will and have perverted the messages of Liberation. But that doesn’t mean the message has no power. The fact that they have to try to pervert it proves how powerful it is.

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