The following is an excerpt from The Jerusalem Report, April 2, 1998, ( And please Mia, don’t tell me that the Jerusalem Report doesn’t publish Sundays or whatever day April 2, fell on. Those lame excuses are really getting tiresome)

Fifty years after the Deir Yassin massacre of Arab villagers by the Irgun Zva’i Leumi and the pre-state Lehi underground on April 9, 1948, Palestinian witnesses have admitted more explicitly than ever before that they deliberately exaggerated reports of the slaughter. Hysterical reactions to the reports prompted thousands of Arabs to flee the country.

In a BBC television series, “Israel and the Arabs: the 50- Year Conflict,” Hazem Nusseibeh, an editor of the Palestine Broadcasting Service’s Arabic news in 1948, describes an encounter at the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City with Deir Yassin survivors and Palestinian leaders, including Hussein Khalidi, the secretary of the Arab Higher Committee (the representative body of the Arabs of British Palestine).

“I asked Dr. Khalidi how we should cover the story,” recalled Nusseibeh, now living in Amman. “He said, ‘We must make the most of this.’ So we wrote a press release stating that at Deir Yassin children were murdered, pregnant women were raped. All sorts of atrocities.”

A Deir Yassin survivor, identified as Abu Mahmud, said the villagers protested at the time. “We said, ‘There was no rape.’ [Khalidi] said, ‘We have to say this, so the Arab armies will come to liberate Palestine from the Jews.'” Nusseibeh, a member of one of Jerusalem’s leading Arab families, admitted that the propaganda boomeranged. “This was our biggest mistake,” he said. “We did not realize how our people would react. As soon as they heard that

women had been raped at Deir Yassin, Palestinians fled in terror.”

 

 

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