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The modern history of Israel

jan peczkis|Tuesday, November 22, 2016

This work touches on many issues, including Zionism, the attempts to synthesize Marxism and Jewish nationalism, developments in the State of Israel, and related topics. I focus on a few salient features



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THE MASS MURDER OF ARAB CIVILIANS AT DEIR YASSIN (1948)

On 10 April, the Irgun, acting with Lehi and without full Haganah approval, although at the time it was just concluding an agreement for co-operation with the Haganah, attacked the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem and wantonly massacred some two hundred and fifty of its civilian inhabitants. (p. 251).

Irgun spokesmen persistently deny that the Deir Yassin operation was a massacre, describing this as a blood libel. Although the Israeli foreign ministry (naturally enough) in its propaganda abroad seeks to mitigate the atrocity, if not to exonerate its perpetrators, the semi-official history of the Haganah, for Israeli readers, is quite unequivocal in the severity of its judgement: Dinur (ed.), HAGANAH, III; Slutsky, MI-MA’AVAK, Part 3, pp. 1546-8. (p. 460).

THE MASS MURDER OF ARAB CIVILIANS AT KFAR KASSEM [KUFR QASSEM] (1956)

The underlying basis of relations between the two communities was most crudely unveiled on the night of 28 October 1956. The peaceful villagers of Kfar Kassem were massacred as they returned home from the fields, unknowingly violating a curfew that had been hastily imposed on the eve of the Sinai war. The officers responsible for the killing were indeed court-martialed, but were later amnestied. (p. 356).

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FOR FURTHER READING

The reference cited above is probably: Ben-Tzion Dinur. 1954. HISTORY OF THE HAGANAH. The book is in Hebrew, and has apparently never been translated into English. For an English-language work on the Deir Yassin massacre (1948), please click on, and read my review (December 7, 2012), of Remembering Deir Yassin: The Future of Israel and Palestine. For details on the Kufr Qassem massacre (1956), please click on, and read my review, of Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial (Law, Meaning, and Violence).
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