(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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