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In 1948 there were "more than 70 massacres committed by the Zionist gangs" claims PA TV

Official PA TV program The Supreme Authority



Official PA TV reporter: “During the events of that year [1948], at the least tens of thousands of Palestinians were murdered in a series of massacres and murders, most of which are unknown…

The year of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) was witness to more than 70 massacres committed by the Zionist gangs – for which Britain provided them with weapons and support – such as the massacres of Deir Yassin and Tantura (see notes below -Ed.), to more than 15,000 Martyrs, and to the many battles between the Palestinian fighters and Arab armies on one side and the Israeli occupation on the other. The Palestinian refugees are still waiting to return despite the length of the Nakba on the people for more than seven decades.”




Deir Yassin - On April 9, 1948, Jewish fighters from the Irgun and Lehi military groups, part of the forces opening the blockaded road to Jerusalem, attacked the Arab village of Deir Yassin. When the battle was over, the village had fallen and in addition to the Arab fighters killed, 107 civilians were also killed. Narratives differ as to whether the civilians were killed in the crossfires or were intentionally murdered by the Irgun and Lehi fighters.


Tantura - During Israel’s War of Independence, the Israeli army carried out an operation to take control of the Arab village of Tantura on the northern Israeli coast, which was serving as a port through which Arab fighters were receiving weapons and reinforcements from Lebanon. In addition, forces from Tantura were blocking the Tel Aviv - Haifa road and attacking Israeli vehicles. During the battle, on May 22-23, 1948, 70 of Tantura’s residents were killed, after which most of the residents left for the neighboring Arab villages, primarily Fureidis. What exactly happened in Tantura is the subject of debate. Some claim there was a massacre; others claim there was a “transfer” or “expulsion” of Arabs. On the other hand, a record in the Israeli army archives refutes that a massacre took place, and likewise, a report on the battle in the book "Al-Tantura," written by Yahya Mahmoud, a son of one of the village’s families, does not mention a massacre, and mentions that actually 52 residents were killed in the battle.