66 years ago today

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Remembering Deir Yassin

 

On April 9 1948, fighters from the Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lohamei Herut Israel Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, a Palestinian village of roughly 600 people.  Around 107 villagers were killed during and afte…r the battle for the village, including women and children — some were shot, while others died when hand grenades were thrown into their homes.  Several villagers were taken prisoner and may have been killed after being paraded through the streets of West Jerusalem.  The next day (66 years ago today), Albert Einstein wrote this letter:

Mr. Shepard Rifkin
Exec. Director
American Friends of the Fighters
for the Freedom of Israel
149 Second Ave.
New York 3,N.Y.

Dear Sir:

When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.

I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.

Sincerely yours,
Albert Einstein

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