Israeli Commander of Massacre at Palestinian Village Dies

'Three or four more Deir Yassins and not a single Arab would have remained in the country,’ Irgun commander Ben-Zion Cohen once remarked

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Ben-Zion Cohen, who commanded fighters from the Irgun pre-state underground and captured the Arab village of Deir Yassin just west of Jerusalem during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence – and was among those responsible for the massacre there – died on Saturday at the age of 94.

Cohen never expressed remorse over the operation in which about 100 of the village’s residents were killed.

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