Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nothing New Under the Sun

The day Islamic State forces came to the Yazidi village of Kocho:

"On the morning of Friday 15 August [2014] the nightmare that had haunted the residents of Kocho for the previous 12 days came to pass, when IS fighters killed at least a hundred... of the village's men and boys and abducted all the women and children... Survivors of the massacre told Amnesty International that the IS fighters assembled the village residents at the secondary school... where they separated men and boys from women and younger children. The men were bundled into pick-up vehicles... and driven away to different nearby locations, where they were shot." (Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq, Amnesty International, 2014)

The day Jewish State forces came to the Palestinian village of Dawayma:

"One of the worst but best-documented massacres during the offensive took place at Dawayma [on October 28, 1948]. The town was taken by a company of the 89th Commando Battalion which was composed of former Irgun and Stern Gang terrorists. A veteran of the unit has published an account of the massacre. He notes that in order 'to kill the children they fractured their heads with sticks. There was not one house without corpses.' After murdering the children, the Jewish soldiers herded the women and men into houses where they were kept without food or water. Then the houses were blown up with the helpless civilians inside. The Israelis were particularly sadistic in their treatment of Arab women. One Zionist soldier in Dawayma 'prided himself upon having raped an Arab woman before shooting her to death. Another Arab woman with her newborn baby was made to clean the place for a couple of days and then they shot her and her baby.' The conscience-stricken Israeli veteran who revealed these events stressed that they were committed by 'Educated and well-mannered commanders who were considered 'good guys'.' They became 'base murderers and this was not in the storm of battle but as a method of expulsion and extermination. The fewer the Arabs who remained, the better'." (The Palestinian Catastrophe: The 1948 Expulsion of a People from their Homeland, Michael Palumbo, 1987, p xii)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The fate of the town of Dawayma is part of the pattern of massacres and ethnic cleansing by Bandit State terrorists since they imposed themselves on Palestine.

Of course war criminals always blame the victims, despite the facts.Both these nutcase 'states' share similar justifications.
However the public horror and revulsion by media and political figures is usually reserved for only one of the so called 'states.'

No doubt Michael Palumbo was described as an anti-semite for documenting the facts.

I imagine that the 89th Commando Battalion has additional and subsequent form for war crimes.

More digging please MERC.