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Burying the Nakba: How Israel Systematically Hides Evidence of 1948 Expulsion of Arabs by Hagar Shezaf

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This is one of those rare cases when we archive an article that doesn’t state the word ‘genocide’ in relation to Israel, but the information in it illustrates acts that amount to genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people. It also features a policy of concealment and genocide denial.

Four years ago, historian Tamar Novick was jolted by a document she found in the file of Yosef Vashitz, from the Arab Department of the left-wing Mapam Party, in the Yad Yaari archive at Givat Haviva. The document, which seemed to describe events that took place during the 1948 war, began:
“Safsaf [former Palestinian village near Safed] – 52 men were caught, tied them to one another, dug a pit and shot them. 10 were still twitching. Women came, begged for mercy. Found bodies of 6 elderly men. There were 61 bodies. 3 cases of rape, one east of from Safed, girl of 14, 4 men shot and killed. From one they cut off his fingers with a knife to take the ring.”
The writer goes on to describe additional massacres, looting and abuse perpetrated by Israeli forces in Israel’s War of Independence. 

Continue reading at https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-israel-systematically-hides-evidence-of-1948-expulsion-of-arabs-1.7435103

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Einstein and the ghost of Herut 70 years on by Ramzy Baroud

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Albert Einstein, along with other Jewish luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, had a letter published in The New York Times on December 4, 1948. That was only a few months after Israel had declared its independence and as hundreds of Palestinian villages were being demolished after their inhabitants were expelled. The letter denounced Israel’s newly founded Herut party and its young leader, Menachem Begin… In the letter, Einstein and his co-signatories described Herut (“Freedom”) as a “political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to Nazi and fascist parties.”

… On April 19, Israel celebrated its independence day. The “Nazi and fascist” mentality that defined Herut in 1948 now defines the most powerful ruling class in Israel. Israel’s leaders speak openly of genocide and murder, yet they celebrate and promote Israel as if it was an icon of civilization, democracy and human rights.

Continue reading at http://www.arabnews.com/node/1289796

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In words and deeds: The genesis of Israeli violence by Ramzy Baroud

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Undeniably, the views of Ariel, Bennett and Caspit are not angry statements uttered in a moment of rage. They are all reflections of real policies that have been carried out for over 70 years. Indeed, killing, raping and imprisoning for life are features that have accompanied the state of Israel since the very beginning. 

This violent legacy continues to define Israel to this day, through the use of what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe describes as “incremental genocide”. 

Throughout this long legacy, little has changed except for names and titles. The Zionist militias that orchestrated the genocide of the Palestinians prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948 merged together to form the Israeli army; and the leaders of these groups became Israel’s leaders. 

Continue reading at http://www.jordantimes.com/opinion/ramzy-baroud/words-and-deeds-genesis-israeli-violence

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Deir Yassin massacre … unhealed pain and nonstop crime on AhlulBayt News Agency

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This massacre, and other acts of terrorism and torture, was of one the vicious means pursued by the Zionist armed gangs to empty Palestine of its population through genocide and expulsion.
Israel, after 32 years of the carnage (in 1980), expressed its pride in the massacre of Deir Yassin, by giving the streets of the settlement, which was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village, the names of the Zionist gangs which carried out the massacre: Irgun, Atzl, the Palmach, the Haganah.

Continue reading at http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-east-west-asia/archive/2016/04/10/746315/story.html

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