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1434IDF Admits Raping Palestinian Women in 1949

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  • ummyakoub
    Oct 31, 2003
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      a forwarded letter...

      On this morning's dose of the Israeli press I found the following
      article
      http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/pages/ShArtTower.jhtml?
      itemNo=355168&nl=29_10
      unfolding a horrible tale of mass rape by Israeli soldiers in 1949.


      The article is in Hebrew, but the gist of this sordid story is that
      an
      entire army post participated in the capture of a young Bedouin Arab
      woman,
      cut off her hair and used her as their sex slave - and then executed
      her.
      They were tried for the crime, but the trial was classified a state
      secret, and only uncovered now, more than years after the fact.

      Now, I grew up in Israel, and of course the history lessons included
      many,
      many references to the high moral standards of the Israeli army
      (hereinafter: the IDF) and the terrible things done by the various
      Arab
      armies. They shot women and children, they poisoned the wells of
      kibbutzim
      they tried to conquer, they raped women if they managed to catch
      them, and
      they tortured their Israeli prisoners mercilessly, before catching
      them.

      In the past three or four years I have found Israeli historical
      evidence
      showing that the Israeli army indulged in every single one of those
      behaviors (and worse ones, too). In other words, the main reason that
      the
      Arab armies were presented to Israeli schoolchildren as subhuman and
      uncivilized were invalid, because they applied equally to the IDF.

      And if the Arab countries and their armies are no worse than the
      Israeli
      ones, the reason for the wars must be something other than what the
      Israelis
      are taught, which amounts, more or less, to "keep Israelis safe from
      those
      horrible barbarians". Jews in Arab countries were treated much, much,
      MUCH
      better than Arabs in the occupied territories, and rather better than
      Arab-Israeli citizens. Territorial attacks are based on a historical
      set of
      requirements which Israel has flouted repeatedly.

      So, is all this a secret? Why is it that the Israelis cannot (will
      not?) see
      the logical fallacy behind their own education? Is it something
      about "that
      was then, this is now"? Why are they afraid to know the truth and act
      on it?

      These questions have pertinence mostly with regard to the Israel-
      internal
      debate, and it stretches (perhaps to breaking point) Israel's
      citizens'
      willingness to believe their government and authorities. Preliminary
      responses to this story have been stormy. Right wingers are angry at
      Haaretz
      for having published the story. Left wingers have asked why they'd
      been
      cheated into believing the Israeli army was so moral in '48 - and
      what is
      being hidden in 2003.

      This is an improvement. Most of the mainstream Israeli discourse
      until this
      point has assumed that if anything negative is said about the Israeli
      army,
      it is a result of anti-Semitism. This is the first time I see people
      who are
      not from the extreme left question the fundamental behavior by the
      IDF.

      It'll be interesting to watch - unless attention is distracted by
      means of a
      large explosion.

      NOTE: The next day the English version of Haaretz printed the story
      with modifications to tone down the brutality of the IDF.

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