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Wednesday, March 15, 2023 

The falsehood of Deir Yassin

There was once a blood libel made by Islamofascists and other antisemites against the Irgun and Lehi movements during the Israeli war of independence in 1948, and according to this 2017 article, it's since been debunked:
In his new book, Deir Yassin: The End of the Myth, Prof. Eliezer Tauber, head of the Institute for the Study of Underground Movements at Bar-Ilan University and former Dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies at the University, examines the events of that day in April 1948 when the Arab village of Deir Yassin was attacked by Lehi and Etzel (Irgun or IZL) fighters, and reveals step by step the origin of the myth that a massacre was committed against the villagers.

Prof. Tauber opened his recent interview with Arutz Sheva by highlighting the central conclusion of his book.

"Basically there was no massacre in Deir Yassin."

In explaining what led him to that conclusion, Tauber noted that, since the Israeli-Arab conflict by definition consists of both Israelis and Arabs, it is not possible to reach real conclusions regarding the issues related to it without carefully examining the claims of both sides. This is in contrast to previous writers who examined the Deir Yassin affair by investigating only one side of those involved in the incident.

To write his book, Tauber thus turned to both Jewish and Arab sources, to the testimonies of Etzel (Irgun) and Lehi fighters, and to the testimonies of the Arabs at the scene. Not surprisingly, he said, the testimonies sound similar and express the same conclusion: There was no massacre at Deir Yassin.

The data collection process for the book included locating documents and recorded interviews conducted by the parties over the years, as well as interviews with some of those involved in the affair who are still alive.

According to Tauber, interviews with Arab refugees show an amazing picture that disproves the supposed massacre attributed to underground fighters by politically motivated parties who were not present at the event itself but addressed it later.
Read the rest, and see how classic antisemitism was employed for the sake of demonizing Israeli freedom fighters, and it's most fortunate dedicated historians were able to disprove one of countless blood libels made against Israel over its very existence.

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