Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Deir Yassin As You've Never Heard It Before

Today, of course, is the 66th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre, the best known of the Zionist massacres which characterised the campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by Zionist terror gangs in Palestine in 1948. (For an earlier post on Deir Yassin, you can check out my 9/4/12 post Zionism Red in Tooth & Claw. )

Of course, spinning away the Deir Yassin and other massacres is a favourite pastime with our Zionist friends, the prevailing assumption being that Israelis just don't do massacres. Or if they do, the Palestinians provoked them somehow. Generally just by being there. Or, if all else fails, hell, just blame it on the Bossa Nova with its magic spell, OK?

Now in the case of the Deir Yassin massacre, you'd think that maybe Zionist propagandists would at least base their spin on the words of the leader of the Irgun, the Zionist terrorist gang primarily responsible for perpetrating the massacre, Menachem Begin.

In Begin's memoir, The Revolt: Story of the Irgun, the Irgun is alleged to have encountered fierce resistance by "Arab troops," who "suffered casualties three times as heavy" as the attacking force.

"Yet the hostile propaganda," writes Begin, "disseminated throughout the world, deliberately ignored the fact that the civilian population of Deir Yassin was actually given a warning by us before the battle began. One of our tenders carrying a loud speaker was stationed at the entrance to the village and it exhorted in Arabic all women, children and aged to leave their houses and to take shelter on the slope of a hill. By giving this humane warning our fighters threw away the element of complete surprise, and thus increased their own risk in the ensuing battle. A substantial number of the inhabitants obeyed the warning and they were unhurt. A few did not leave their stone houses - perhaps because of the confusion. The fire of the enemy was murderous - to which the number of our casualties bears eloquent testimony. Our men were compelled to fight for every house; to overcome the enemy they used large numbers of hand-grenades. And the civilians who had disregarded our warnings, suffered inevitable casualties." (pp 164-65)

There's the script, OK? Now is it really too much to expect Begin's brats to stick to it, do you think?

Well, apparently, yes it is! It seems Begin didn't know shit about what really went on in the "battle" for Deir Yassin, that is if you're to believe David Meir-Levi. You see:

"A contingent of Iraqi troops had entered Deir Yassin on March 13, 1948... So on April 9, 1948, a contingent of the Irgun... entered the village. However the Iraqis disguised themselves as women - it is easy to hide weapons beneath the flowing robes of the burqa* - and had hidden themselves among women and children in the village. So, when the Irgun fighters entered, they encountered fire from 'women'! When the Irgun fighters fired back, they killed innocent women because the Iraqis were dressed like women and hiding behind them." (Big Lies: Demolishing the Myths of the Propaganda War Against Israel, 2005,

Now that little propaganda primer, published by the David Horowitz Freedom Centre and Students for Academic Freedom, was written for Zionist students on US campuses to aid and abet their eternal struggle for Strewth, Injustice and the Israeli way. As that eminence grise of Zionist campus activism, David Horowitz, has written in its Introduction:

"David Meir-Levi has written a text that restores the memory of the facts that lie at the very heart of the conflict in the Middle East."

What a pity Begin wasn't around to read Big Lies while writing his memoir. Would it not have jogged his memory?

[*I'm not even going there, except to say that the short answer is 'no'.]

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