This Day in Jewish History / Officer refuses to expel Nazareth Arabs
Ben Dunkelman, the IDF officer who refused an order, arrived in Israel as a volunteer from Canada.
On July 17, 1948, Ben Dunkelman, the commander of Israeli forces that a day earlier had conquered the Arab city of Nazareth, refused an order from his superiors to expel the residents of the city, who had already surrendered with virtually no resistance. His superiors backed down, the majority of Nazareth’s citizens stayed put, and no one was massacred or banished.
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