E. D. Hill Discusses Her Double Mastectomy. Video. The O’Reilly Factor. Fox News, May 15, 2013. YouTube.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
America’s New Oligarchs—Fwd.us and Silicon Valley’s Shady 1 Percenters. By Joel Kotkin. JoelKotkin.com, May 14, 2013. Also at The Daily Beast and New Geography.
Despite Efforts to Erase It, the Nakba’s Memory Is More Present Than Ever in Israel. By Noam Sheizaf.
Despite efforts to erase it, the Nakba’s memory is more present than ever in Israel. By Noam Sheizaf. +972, May 14, 2013.
Toward a Common Archive/Video testimonies of Zionist Fighters in 1948. Exhibition opening event with the curator Eyal Sivan, Prof. Ilan Pappe and Raneen Jeries. Moderator: Areej Sabbah-Khoury. Zochorot.
Palmachic Testimony: We Expelled, We Bombed, We Killed. By Amon Lapid. Yedi’ot Hakibbutz, February 15, 2013. English translation by Ami Asher. Zochorot.
Testimony of Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach Soldier at Lydda in 1948. Filmed in Kibbutz Degania Alef on July 23, 2012. By Eyal Sivan. English version by Ami Asher. Zochrot. Video at YouTube. Towards a Common Archive, YouTube.
Yedioth Hakibbutz is the weekly magazine of the United Kibbutz Movement. It is delivered every week to hundreds of Kibbutzim as part of the weekend edition of Yedioth Ahronoth, the best selling paper in Israel. Even at a time of diminishing political influence – there is not a single representative of the United Kibbutz Movement in the current Knesset – the Kibbutzim remain both a symbol and a stronghold of conservative Zionism, and the mainstream tone of Yedioth suits them well.
Q: Did you let the [Palestinians] residents get away?YK: At first, yes. The intention was to expel them, these were the orders of the bosses, Yigal Alon and Yitzhak Sadeh. Sometimes we had to shot one or two, and then the rest got the message and left on their own. You need to understand: if you didn’t destroy the Arab’s home, he will always want to come back. When there is no home, no village, there is nowhere to return.Q: Do you remember the battle for Lod and Ramleh?YK: I don’t like to remember this so much… we shot shells into a mosque where many people were hiding. There was no choice.Q: We shot?YK: I shot with the PIAT [anti-tank weapon]. It has an enormous shock wave.Q: And what were the results?YK: Not pretty. They were all scattered on the walls.Q: How many?YK: I don’t know. Many. I didn’t count. I opened the door, saw what I saw, and closed [it].Q: What did you feel?YK: What can you feel after a thing like that? But if we didn’t do it, we might have been fighting to this very day. Then I stood with the Browning [machine gun] over the creek through which the remaining residents escaped. Anyone who strayed off track, got a shot.Q: From you as well?YK: From me too. I felt really bad but I was a good marksman, and there were times when they only asked me to fire a single bullet. At the village next to Ramleh, two shots were enough. In 45 minutes the village was empty. They got the message.
The Lod-Ramleh region was one of places where a massive, intentional expulsion of the Palestinian population took place. Controversies surround the departure of Palestinians from other areas; whether they were forced to leave or whether they escaped on their own. It’s not that important. The Israeli decision not to allow refugees to return to their homes – sometimes as early as two weeks after they fled or were forced to leave – is what made them refugees. Later came the confiscation of the entirety of “unclaimed” Palestinian property, which leaves no doubt about what happened in 1948. Intentional or not, this was ethnic cleansing.
Cover of Yedioth Hakibbutz featuring a story
with a former Palmach fighter who confessed to his part
in killing Palestinians during the 1948 war.
It happened today: at the entrance to Tel Aviv University some people marked the Nakba day and nobody did anything about it.
In fact, there was a small Im Tirzu vigil against the Nakba Day ceremony at Tel Aviv University, but except for some insults shouted into the air, the ceremony went on without interruption. Here is a video of the event:
The editor of Yedioth Hakibbutz told me that the interview with Yerachmiel Kahanovich went viral on Facebook but that at the same time, it hardly generated any hostile responses from kibbutz members. She sounded slightly disappointed.
Land: The Heart of the Conflict Between Palestine and Israel. By Dalia Hatuqa. Al Monitor, May 15, 2013.