Account From '56 Describes Slaughter and Rape by Israeli Troops in Gaza. Is It True?

A short story published after the Sinai Campaign described horrific violence committed by IDF soldiers on residents of Gaza. How far was the fiction from fact?

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Arab POWs in the Gaza Strip, 1956.
Arab POWs in the Gaza Strip, 1956.
Adam Raz
Adam Raz

In mid-December 1956, a few weeks after the conquest of the Gaza Strip during the Sinai Campaign and immediately after the short-lived Israeli military rule was established there, author Matti Megged published a short story in the daily Lamerhav, entitled “Mr. D.’s Bitter End.” Megged portrayed the deeds of a military governor named D., who ruled over one of the cities in Gaza, and the violence, rapes and killings that pervaded the conquered city under the auspices of the Israeli army.

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