Originally posted by vivify to Finnegan
Actually, that does beg the question: why hasn't Israel exterminated the Palestinians when they could've easily done so for decades? Why not back in 40's, when the world's pity was still with them because of the Holocaust? Why not in the 60's after the Six Day War? Why not in the decades since?
Do the Israelis fear retribution? Sanctions? Embargos? A bad reputation? What's been stopping Israel for almost 80 years?
First of all, Vivify likes to act as though the Western world must represent the whole world.
In 1948 Israel and Zionism enjoyed the general support of both the USA and USSR as
well as the UK, the former colonial ruler of Palestine, but Zionism was much less admired
in most of Africa and Asia. Many future African and Asian countries were still under
Western colonial rule and therefore unable to vote independently at the UN.
Vivify underrates the difficulty of covering up an Israeli genocide of the Palestinians in addition to committing it.
There would have been some Jews who would have opposed it and been brave enough to bear witness.
So would the Zionists have been ready to kill other Jews as blithely as they would kill Arabs?
Vivify might as well ask why white Americans did not complete a genocide of the 'Indians'
(indigenous people) when they clearly had enough power to do so for many decades.
I would add that access to cheap (desperate) Palestinian labour (who have hardly any
power over their wages or working conditions) has long been helpful to Israel's economy.
"The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when around 120 fighters from
the Zionist paramilitary groups Irgun and Lehi attacked Deir Yassin, a Palestinian Arab
village of roughly 600 people near Jerusalem,"
"Despite an original boast by the victors that 254 had been killed, Aref al-Aref counted
117 victims, 7 in combat, and the rest in their homes. According to a count conducted
by International Red Cross representative Jacques de Reynier, apart from bodies left
lying in the streets, 150 corpses were found in one cistern alone, among them people
who had been either decapitated or disemboweled. Several villagers were taken
prisoner and may have been killed after being paraded through the streets of West
Jerusalem. Morris wrote that there were also cases of mutilation and rape."
"The killings were condemned by the leadership of the Haganah—the Jewish community's
main paramilitary force—and by the area's two chief rabbis. The Jewish Agency for
Israel sent Jordan's King Abdullah a letter of apology, which he rebuffed."
"The narrative was embellished and used by various parties to attack each other—by the
Palestinians against Israel; by the Haganah to play down their own role in the affair; and
by the Israeli left to accuse the Irgun and Lehi of blackening Israel's name by violating
the Jewish principle of purity of arms. News of the killings sparked terror among
Palestinians, encouraging them to flee from their towns and villages ..."
As far as I know, no one was ever prosecuted for participating in the Deir Yassin massacre.
In 1948, Israel's future Prime Ministers Begin and Shamir were important leaders of the
Irgun or Lehi, and they apparently approved of or condoned the Deir Yassin massacre.
In my conversations with some pro-Israeli Jews, I have heard them say that while the massacre
was 'deplorable' and even concede that some individual Zionists might have gone too far
in committing rape, torture, and mutilation rather than just the 'clean killing' of the village,
on the whole the incident was a 'strategic necessity' in establishing the state of Israel.
The Deir Yassin massacre provoked a widespread panic among the Palestinians, leading
to a mass flight of refugees. (Israel has taken the position, contrary to international law,
that when a Palestinian has fled in wartime, that refugee has lost all right to return.)
In short, Deir Yassin seems to be have been a remarkably effective act of terrorism,
terrorizing the Palestinians into behaving exactly as Israel wanted.