Sunday, April 07, 2013

Zochrot and Deir Yassin Day

The Zochrot group is at it, again:

Commemorating 65 years since the Dayr Yassin massacre

We will carry signs bearing the names of the victims of the massacre.



Tzachi Ostrovsky

On Tuesday, April 9, we will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Dayr Yassin massacre.  We will walk along the main street of the village (now Kanfey Nesharim Street), learn about the village and its Nakba, and pass some of the Palestinian buildings that are still standing along the road - people were massacred in some of them - as well as the Kfar Shaul mental hospital, whose buildings were once the core of the village.  We'll stop at the remains of the Palestinian cemetery and end the tour in the grove behind the hospital.

We will carry signs bearing the names of the victims of the massacre.

The tour will begin at Kanfey Nesharim 24 (near Mercantile bank), Jerusalem, at 16:00, and will end at 18:00.

For information:

Umar, 052/874-3099,

To grasp the immorality and historical perversion of this act, first review my Deir Yassin posts:






Read this article.

Read this book by Uri Milstein.  And if not, here's a summary:

"Dir Yassin Massacre was a hoax" argued Israel's most distinguished military historian, Dr. Uri Milstein. He has argued the same in his many books and lectures. Each year when Israel celebrates its 'Independence Day', this issue repeats itself, a myth, an anti-Israeli myth. For 50 years the Arab propaganda has managed to 'sell' this massacre arguing that, in 1948, the Jews behaved like monsters, or like war criminals. Of course, the Arabs have declined to discuss their behavior in 1948 or 1947. According to history books or articles, the fighters of Lehi (Stern Group) and the Irgun (Begin) attacked a peaceful village, Dir Yassin, near Jerusalem and murdered 245 civilians (women & children).

Dr. Milstein researched this affair for many years and came to these illuminating conclusions:
  • It was not a massacre! Civilians died because, like in many wars, civilians became victims of the battles or air bombardments. That's the nature of modern warfare. (In the Middle Ages it was different!) But is was not a planned massacre! The massacre is only a myth, an anti-Israeli myth. Today, the post-Zionist historians love to reinforce this pro-Arab, pro-Palestinian myth
  • Only around 140 people were killed in the battle of Dir Yassin
  • The battle took place on April 9, 1948 before the establishment of Israel on May 14, 1948. The 'Palmach' (the pro-left army) also was part of this battle together with the 'Irgun' and Lehi
  • What is the origin of this myth? Milstein believed that the Israeli left in 1948 or Mapai, the party of Ben-Gurion in order to smear its 'right' camp, or the 'Irgun' and its commander Menachem Begin, used Dir Yassin, the battle. The party inflated the story and distorted the truth to build a weapon against the Right opposition to Mapai, the ruling Labor party. The person who invented the massacre is Israel's famous military historian, Col. (Ret.) Meir Pail, today, a defender of Mapai's history or military history. Also, a guardian angel of the Palmach's legacy, Dr. Pail, a military scholar has always argued that the Irgun's leaders and fighters should express regrets for this massacre and ask Israel for forgiveness. Dr. Pail developed the myth since 1948. Dr. Milstein argued that the Palmach also was not always clean.



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Based on Zochrot 2010 Financial Report 

  • Mennonite Central Committee - Gave Zochrot NIS107,130. MCC is a relief, service, and peace agency representing 15 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish bodies in North America. The U.S. headquarters are in Akron, Pennsylvania, the Canadian in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Broederlijk Delen & Belgian Government  Gave Zochrot NIS189,199. Supports groups of people in the South to realise their own plans in their struggle against poverty and injustice. It's the people in the South who find the solutions themselves. Only this guarantees that the solutions are adapted to their specific context. This way of working of Broederlijk Delen guarantees sustainable results!
  • CCFD - Gave Zochrot NIS145,006. The top French development NGO, is an association comprising 28 movements and services of the Catholic Church. It has a permanent staff of 170 based in Paris and in various regions of France who work to fulfill CCFD objectives. Two modes of intervention: The Conference of Catholic bishops of France has confided CCFD with the mission of mobilising Christian solidarity, particularly during the Lenten period, in order to promote solidarity between peoples by acting for development. In order to accomplish this mission CCFD focuses its efforts in two fields: Support for development initiatives; Raising public awareness on international solidarity issues. 
  • Oxfam - Gave Zochrot NIS83,604+10,550. Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and related injustice around the world. In all Oxfam’s actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. Each organization (Affiliate) works together internationally to achieve a greater impact through collective efforts. Oxfam was originally founded in Oxford, UK, in 1942.
  • TrĂ³caire - Gave Zochrot NIS150,092. Head Office, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland: We're working in 28 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Overseas we deliver our support through local partner organisations, helping communities and families to free themselves from the oppression of poverty. In Ireland we raise awareness about the causes of global poverty and encourage people to campaign for global change as a matter of justice. We envisage a just and peaceful world where people's dignity is ensured and rights are respected; where basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; where people have control over their own lives and those in power act for the common good. 
  • MISEREOR - Gave Zochrot NIS137,078. Misereor is the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation. For over 50 years MISEREOR has been committed to fighting poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. MISEREOR’s support is available to any human being in need – regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender.
  • Bischoefliches Hilfswerk Misereor Inc. - Gave Zochrot NIS175,176.
  • HEKS-EPER - Gave Zochrot NIS139,880. Stands for the Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz (the aid organisation of the Protestant Churches of Switzerland), is based in Zurich and has an office for French-speaking Switzerland in Lausanne. The French abbreviation is EPER (Entraide Protestante Suisse). HEKS was set up in 1946 by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) and has been organised as a trust since 2004. HEKS gives humanitarian and emergency aid and fights the causes of hunger, injustice and social deprivation. All people should be able to live a life of dignity and of safety in social, economic and political terms. The aid organisation has five regional offices in Switzerland and is engaged in about 200 projects worldwide. HEKS has its own coordination offices in 21 key countries. 
  • ICCO (Kerk in Actie) - Gave Zochrot NIS480,981. ICCO is a Dutch cooperative with an international organizational structure. It is the interchurch organization for development cooperation. We work in 44 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.



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