Dayr Yasin, a village strategically located one mile West of the Palestinian city of Jerusalem, was invaded by Zionist forces on the morning hours of April 9, 1948. In a single day, over 250 unarmed Palestinian men, women and children were massacred at the hands of Jewish Irgun and Lehi militia as part of a broader campaign to remove Palestinians from the territory that would become Israel. The Irgun was then headed by Manachem Begin who later became the prime minister of Israel in 1977. Lehi was headed by Yitzhak Shamir who followed Begin as Israel’s prime minster few times since the early 1980’s.
For Palestinians, the Dayr Yasin massacre represents a gratuitously savage atrocity committed against innocent Palestinian civilians.
In remembrance of the65 years that have passed since Dayr Yasin, the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Journal of Palestine Studies are making available free of charge for this week only “The de-Arabization of Jerusalem, 1948-5 0” by Nathan Krystall, that describes the context surrounding the progressive de-population of Arabs in Jerusalem.