Documents reveal massacre of Palestinians during Israel’s catastrophic creation in 1948
Newly uncovered documents have revealed more details about the massacre of Palestinians by Zionist militants during the Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” when Israel was created in 1948.
The Nakba led to the ethnic cleansing of more than 700,000 Palestinians, along with the destruction of more than 500 villages.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz and the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research said the newly unclassified documents are based on the letters of soldiers, unpublished contemporary memoirs, minutes of political party meetings and other historical records.
The documents shed light on three massacres committed by Israeli forces in the villages of Reineh, Meron and al-Burj.
They show that prominent Israeli leaders "knew in real time about the blood-drenched events that accompanied the conquest of Arab villages".
The Israeli historical records reveal that a massacre of 14 Palestinians took place in September 1948 in the Galilean village of Reineh, near Nazareth.
According to Haaretz, one of the 14 Palestinians killed was a member of the so-called Land of Israel Workers Alliance, identified as Yusuf al-Turki.
Turki, however, was arrested near Reineh along with a Bedouin woman and several others, charged with being a smuggler, and then killed.
Another document reveals the gruesome death of a Palestinian worker named Hajj Ibrahim, “a sick elderly woman and another elderly man and woman” in the Palestinian village of al-Burj in July 1948. The illegal Modiin settlement now stands in its place.
Israeli soldiers asked Hajj Ibrahim to go and collect vegetables, so he would not witness what was about to happen, and “the three [Palestinians] were taken to an isolated house.”
“Afterward an anti-tank shell was fired [at them]. When the shell missed the target, six hand grenades were thrown into the house. They killed an elderly man and woman, and the elderly woman was put to death with a firearm,” the document details.
“Afterward they torched the house and burned the three bodies. When Hajj Ibrahim returned with his guard, he was told that the three others had been sent to the hospital in Ramallah. Apparently he didn’t believe the story, and a few hours later he too was put to death, with four bullets.”