The Deir Yassin “massacre”: “The myth is the result of reckless propaganda by the Irgun”

MOSAIC MAG
A New Book Argues That a Massacre Never Happened at Deir Yassin
Translated from original by Avi Woolf
August 7, 2017

In April 1948, the Irgun and Leḥi—two right-wing Jewish militia groups cooperating with but separate from the Haganah—planned an attack on the Arab village of Deir Yassin, which occupied a strategic location west of Jerusalem. The battle has long been remembered by both Israelis and Palestinians as a shameful case of Jewish fighters deliberately slaughtering some 100 defenseless Arabs, most of them civilians. In a new (Hebrew-language) book, Eliezer Tauber disputes this account, showing that the Jewish commanders made plans to avoid civilian casualties and insure the proper treatment of prisoners; only when poorly trained soldiers and officers made repeated mistakes did things go terribly awry, although even then there was no civilian massacre. READ MORE

MIDA The massacre that never happened: A new book refutes the myth about the battle of Deir Yassin

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