Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

An American Jew's Short Trek through Israel

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

An American Jew's Short Trek through Israel

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I TOOK A TAXI to the 1948 massacre site of the disappeared village once called Deir Yassin, and was dropped off at the Kfar Shaul Mental Health Center, whose buildings comprise the center of the old village of Deir Yassin. A two-mile walk around the block in search of the cemetery brought me back to the original point, without having located the graveyard. A discouraging conversation followed with the gate guard: "I cannot give you any information as to the question you are asking. It is very sensitive, your question." I had explained that I was on the board of directors of Deir Yassin Remembered.

"Could you let me speak to the hospital director, and let me ask him?"

"No, I will not let you speak with him, or anybody. And I will not let you enter the property."

Pause...

"Sorry."

Like hell.

Across the street the market vendor was equally tight-lipped, suggesting the possibility that the cemetery was in the gated compound of the mental hospital.

Ironically, gazing across a huge valley exposed the north side of Yad Vashem,Israel's premier Holocaust museum. …

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