Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Another Massacre Uncovered

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Another Massacre Uncovered

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ANOTHER MASSACRE UNCOVERED

Most of the world has long ignored the testimony of Palestinian survivors and scholars on the forced expulsions, indiscriminate destruction, and mass killings carried out by Zionist soldiers in 1947-48. But Israeli researchers recently have come up with increasing evidence that the Jewish army's claim to have been fighting under the rubric of "purity of arms" is a myth. Teddy Katz, a history student at Haifa University, unearthed details last January of a massacre by Zionist soldiers in May 1948 of men, women, and children in the village of Tantura, near Haifa. According to Katz, "There were killings inside homes, in the cemetery, and on roads leading to the village...The soldiers made people stand in lines of six and forced them to dig their own graves. Then they shot them."

Katz interviewed local villagers, including Abd al-Razzoq Yehya, whose family witnessed the massacre from beginning to end. They identified the commander as Shimshon Masbitsch and said the killing ended when armed Jewish people from a nearby town threatened to shoot Masbitsch if he did not order his men to stop shooting. …

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