It is well known that during the siege of Jaffa in April/early May 1948 Etzel rained mortars on Jjaffa in order to make the Palestinian Arab population flee. The widespread shelling and sniping resulted in many deaths and many Palestinians were literally driven into the sea, some of them drowning in the process. The Jaffawites knew that their attackers (from Etzel) had just committed atrocities in Dayr Yasin, Nasir al-Din, Tiberias and Haifa and this added to their sense of terror and vulnerability Local British commanders ignored orders to drive Zionist forces from solely Jewish areas bordering Jaffa. The result was the Palestinian exodus from Jaffa. The mass graves now found tell us that many Palestinians died during the siege and the fall of Jaffa. Interestingly Israel continues to keep many of its archives on the 1948/40 war closed, especially with regards to evidence of war crimes committed by the Zionist forces against the Palestinian population. It is 65 years ago now. In any normal country erstwhile secret documents can be published after a period of max. 30-40 years. The fact that Israel continues to keep many documents of the 1948 war behind lock and key indicates that Israel has many guilty secrets. But history in the end always catches up. The discovery of the mass graves is but one step in the process of clarification of what really happened in 1948/49.
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from the article: Mass graves in Jaffa said to be from War of Independence