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Saturday, June 04, 2005

 

From the Annals of Zionist History: Massacre at Al-Dawayima

Khalidi, Walid, ed. All that Remains: The Palestinian villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1991. (215)

"Al-Dawayima was the sited of one of the larger, little-known massacres of the war. Carried out on 29 October 1948, during the Israeli army's Operation Yo'av, the massacre precipitated a massive flight of people from the area, according to Israeli historian Benny Morris. He quotes a participant in the attack on the village as saying that about 80 to 100 people, including women and children, were killed by the 'first wave of conquerors.' The following are excerpts of a description published in the Israeli daily Al ha-Mishmar: 'The children they killed by breaking their heads with sticks. There was not a house without dead . . . One commander ordered a sapper to put two old women in a certain house . . . and to blow up the house with them. The sapper refused . . . The commander then ordered his men to put in the old women and the evil deed was done. One soldier boasted that he had raped a woman and then shot her . . . .'"

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