What happened @ Deir Yassin, irrespective of which report you believe & how many were involved is not something we Israelis Rejoice in. However it like the refugee issue has been blown out of all proportion for propaganda purposes. Oriental Arithmetic it's called. The village of Deir Yassin which was one of the bases maintaining pressure on the Yerushalaim Tel Aviv road, was entered by members of the dissident groups Irgun & Stern gang & an 8hr battle ensued. The village was only captured when a Palmach armored car arrived unexpectedly. When the element of surprise was lost the Arab inhabitants turned every house into a fortress. Jewish casualties too were high, losing 40 of the 120 fighters. The Arabs who had barricaded themselves in failed to evacuate their women & children, many were thus unfortunately killed in the ensuing battle. "Arab leaders seized on the opportunity to tell an utterly fantastic story of a 'massacre' which was disseminated throughout the world by all arms of the british propaganda machine. As the accepted 'orthodox' version to this day it has served enemies of Israel & Anti Semites faithfully." FROM: Battleground Fact & Fiction in Palestine. In fact, in it's eagerness to blacken the image of the dissident groups at the time, the Zionist establishment helped the libel along. However in a stunning refutation of this libel, on the 5th Anniversary of the battle a refugee from Deir Yassin, Yunes Ahmed Assad, wrote in the Jordanian daily Al Urdun on April 9th 1953: "The Jews never intended to hurt the population of the village but were forced to after they met hostile fire from the population which killed the Irgun commander".....He went on to say: "The Arab exodus from other villages was not caused by the actual battle, but by the exaggerated description spread by Arab leaders to incite them to fight the Jews"
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from the article: Does Israel want peace?