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Israel: Palestinians commemorate Deir Yassin massacre01:03

Israel: Palestinians commemorate Deir Yassin massacre

Israel, Deir Yassin
April 10, 2013 at 08:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Palestinians and their supporters gathered at the site of Deir Yassin on Tuesday, to commemorate 65 years since the Deir Yassin massacre. The Palestinian-Arab village was abandoned after the incident.

On April 9, 1948 around 120 fighters from the Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lohamei Herut Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin, which was inhabited by several hundred people. Up to 120 villagers are believed to have died during and after the attack. The death toll was inflated at the time to create fear among the Palestinian-Arab populace.

One local resident said: "This meeting is supposed to bring the people together so that they can have a proper conversation and forge stronger bonds between people across generations. But above all, it is to keep the memory of our deserted villages."

During and after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from an area that later became Israel. The displaced Palestinians have been prevented from returning to their homes, making them the largest group of refugees in the world today.

Israel: Palestinians commemorate Deir Yassin massacre01:03
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Palestinians and their supporters gathered at the site of Deir Yassin on Tuesday, to commemorate 65 years since the Deir Yassin massacre. The Palestinian-Arab village was abandoned after the incident.

On April 9, 1948 around 120 fighters from the Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lohamei Herut Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin, which was inhabited by several hundred people. Up to 120 villagers are believed to have died during and after the attack. The death toll was inflated at the time to create fear among the Palestinian-Arab populace.

One local resident said: "This meeting is supposed to bring the people together so that they can have a proper conversation and forge stronger bonds between people across generations. But above all, it is to keep the memory of our deserted villages."

During and after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from an area that later became Israel. The displaced Palestinians have been prevented from returning to their homes, making them the largest group of refugees in the world today.

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