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Tayseer Khaled: Deir Yassin crime raises legitimate questions about the origin of terrorism in the region
April 10, 2017

On the sixty-ninth anniversary of the Deir Yassin crime Tayseer Khaled, a member of the PLO's executive committee, and of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), said that the crime which was committed by Jewish terrorist organizations, raises legitimate questions about the origin of terrorism in the region. Tayseer demanded that the crime should be placed on the agenda of the international community in the record of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which does not die by prescription.

He added that Jewish terrorist organizations committed a brutal act on the ninth of April 1948, in the village of Deir Yassin, where the organizations of the Irgun Zvai Leumi (National Military Organization) also known as "Etzel" and "Lehi", that known according to British records as "Stern" the main armed wing of Zionist movement and Jewish Agency, committed a heinous crime against the innocent civilian population, resulting in about 350 martyrs of civilian residents of the village. These innocents were killed in cold blood, after the Jewish groups targeted the village that located in the west of the occupied Jerusalem. This terrible massacre was an important factor in the displacement of Palestinians from their areas to other parts of Palestine and neighboring Arab countries.

Tayseer continued that "we will not say anything about the crime, but let's make the head of the International Red Cross mission in Palestine at that time, Mr. Jacques Reynier, the leader of Herut at that time, Menachem Begin, and then the Prime Minister of Israel, and the most famous British historian, to talk about that brutal crime:

Jacques Reynier said: "It was a terrible massacre that killed more than 254 innocent people. There were more than 400 people in the village. About 50 escaped, three are still alive, but the rest were slaughtered on orders. The force that committed this act was so obedient in carrying out orders".

Menachem Begin who defeated the Labor Party at the end of the 1970s and became the prime minister of Israel, commented on crime and said: "The enemy's propaganda tried to stain our names, but in the end it helped us. The panic overwhelmed the Arabs because of this crime and without Deir Yassin it would not be possible for Israel to emerge".

Tayseer recalled a terrorist Zionist testimony in the confessions of terrorist organizations that considered the massacre as a humanitarian duty, where Etzel and Lehi (Stern, according to British records) led by Yitzhak Shamir, who was the successor to Menachem Begin in the 1980s and early 1990s, said: "The massacre at Deir Yassin was a human duty" while the British historian Arnold Toynbee who is considered as one of the most important historians of the 20th century, described the massacre "it is similar to the crimes that were committed by the Nazis against the Jews".


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