Arab atrocities against Jews
History reveals that frequent incidents of violence that hugely hampered the initiation of peace process in Palestine were carried out by both Arabs and Jews. While media had been showing only one side of the picture for years, there is no denying the fact that uncalled violence from both the parties had always exasperate the situation in the region. Years have proof that incitement provoking activities have been brought forward from both parties equally. However, Jewish atrocities towards Arabs have always been kept in a cloud, blaming only the Palestinians for all the terrorist activities. This experience by Palestinians was a part of the motivation activities to seek for their lost state again where they could live with peace and security.
While on one hand, it would be more appropriate to call Jewish atrocities as moves to achieve their political aims rather than simply military operations; it is also true that violence by Arabs against the civilian Jews of Palestine also attenuated their case in the international community. Each side of Middle East has been under the wrath of opposing parties for a long time now and each party has its fingers pointed at the other one in blame. The riots which started as a result of Arab rejection of U.N Resolution in November 29, 1947 led to an incident which is heart rending for Palestinians and for humanity on the whole.
On April 9, 1948, the Israeli Irgun and Lehi forces led a raid on the village situated near Jerusalem with the name of Deir Yassin. The raid on the village massacred hundreds of people including men, women and children. Deir Yassin was the village having a peaceful pact with its Jewish neighbors in Tel Aviv, implying that any peace attempts are equally futile. The letter of apology sent to King Abdullah by the Jewish Agency was rebuffed by the King. No account was made for the parties involved in the massacre, neither were the victims given any compensation.
Incidents similar to this were witnessed some time later by the Israel Defense Forces at Al-Dawayima, a village near Hebron. The time since September 2000 saw more than 300 Palestinians killed by the Israeli forces while only 40 Israelis were killed by the Palestinians. While some of these causalities included Palestinian extremists and Israeli soldiers, the most deplorable are the killings of innocent bystanders who became victims.
Examples of Jewish atrocities are evident among their own civilians. It was a reformatory incident in 2001 when Avigail Abarbanel, an Israeli citizen and former soldier in Israeli military renounced her Israeli citizenship, claiming it to be in protest of Israeli occupation and the abuse of the human rights of Palestinians. Bearing witness to Israeli atrocities, Abarbanel remarked,
“When one day, Israelis stand trial for the occupation and the war crimes against the Palestinian people, I would like to be counted as someone who spoke up. I was brought up on stories of the Holocaust. I was told that perhaps even more despicable than the Nazis themselves were all those who knew what was happening and allowed it to happen. Jews have always felt abandoned by a world full of bystanders. Being a bystander doesn’t mean doing nothing. It means collaborating. And I don’t want to be a collaborator.”
Following her renouncement of Israeli citizenship, Abarbanel became an activist for Palestinian rights and is also a member of the organization, Deir Yassin Remembered. Isaac Asimov, author of 500 books and one of the greatest science fiction writers also had remarks on Jews turning into persecutors.
“Right now, there is an influx of Soviet Jews into Israel. They are fleeing because they expect religious persecution. Yet at the instant their feet touched Israeli soil, they became extreme Israeli nationalists with no pity for the Palestinians. From persecuted to persecutors in the blinking of an eye.”
The other side of the coin reveals some brutal act of violence and mass killings by Arabs against Palestinian Jews. These include violent activities right after the UN partition resolution of 1947 and massive killings in Etzion Bloc in 1948. With the use of force by both the parties, it became almost impossible to find a peaceful and permanent solution of Palestine issue.