Ramallah, ALRAY – 9 April marks the 69 anniversary of the 1948 Deir Yassin massacre when more than 300 Palestinians, including men, women and children, were murdered by Zionist terror gangs. The gangs forced 800,000 Palestinians, 80 percent of the population at that time, to flee from their homes so that Israel could be created on Palestinian land.
More than one hundred innocent men, women and children of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin in Jerusalem were brutally murdered by armed members of the Zionist terrorist organizations, the Irgun and the Stern gangs.
Following the attack on Deir Yassin, fifty-five young children, mostly all under the age of nine, were orphaned and left to fend for themselves in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Two weeks later on April 25, Hind al-Husseini rescued the children and founded Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi (Arab Children’s House), an orphanage for the young survivors.
The Zionist terror gangs were led by former Israeli Prime miniter, Menachem Begin.
David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, said, “The old will die and the young will forget.” But the old did not die, they passed on their history. The young did not forget, they grew strong to fight back.
Survivors of the massacres reported on the atrocities done on that day and said armed gangs raided the village of 750 people around 3 in the morning of April 9.
They were confronted by resistance from the local population and following an exchange of gunfire and the killing of four Jewish terrorists and wounding others, reinforcements were brought to the village.
The Zionist gangs opened indiscriminate fire at the civilian population and bombarded the homes with shells causing a large number of civilian casualties and destruction.
After capturing the village few hours later, the Jewish gangs forced people to stand by the walls and opened fire at them execution style.
Some were even paraded in cars in areas of Jerusalem captured by the Zionist gangs in a festive show of victory over the indigenous Palestinian Arab population.
It is believed that news of the Deir Yassin massacre forced many Palestinian civilians to flee their villages fearing a similar fate if they stay behind.
Deir Yassin was razed after 1948 and replaced by a Jewish town named Givat Shaul.
“After sixty-nine years, the Deir Yassin massacre still remains an important reminder of Israel’s systematic measures of displacement, destruction, dispossession, and dehumanization.
The calculated efforts by Israel to completely erase the history, narrative and physical presence of the Palestinian people will not be ignored or forgotten. It is time for Israel’s lethal impunity to come to an end” PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said.
“We urge all members of the international community to hold Israel to account immediately, to curb its ongoing violations against the Palestinians, and to support our nonviolent and diplomatic efforts to seek justice and protection in all international legal venues." Ashrawi added.