N.Y. TOWN RECALLS ATTACK ON PALESTINIANS
- N.Y. TOWN RECALLS ATTACK ON PALESTINIANS
Ben Dobbin, Associated Press, 9/24/03
GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) - A 1948 attack by a Jewish militia on an Arab
village drew an unlikely cast of visitors Wednesday to this small
town in rural New York.
A group of Palestinians, Israelis and Americans dedicated a bronze
statue of an uprooted olive tree to mark the attack that killed more
than 100 Arabs in Deir Yassin, in what is now Israel.
In the struggle for Middle East peace, ``it's very disturbing when
one side's history is systematically ignored,'' said Daniel McGowan,
who launched Deir Yassin Remembered in 1994. ``It would be like
nobody wanting to talk about the Holocaust when you talked about
The attack on April 9, 1948, killed anywhere from 108 to 254
villagers - the number is still debated - and accelerated Israeli
expropriation of land. Israel became a state the next month.
Nazeeha Asad, who was 6 years old at the time of the attack, saw her
85-year-old grandmother killed by a bullet in the forehead as she
carried her 2-year-old grandson, Omar, who also died. In all, 37 of
her relatives were killed, said Asad, who did not attend the
``These people were very, very dear to me,'' said Asad, now 61 and
living in East Brunswick, N.J. ``To see all of them dead and all
covered in blood in front of my eyes, how can you imagine?''
About 40 people attended the dedication at a lakeshore property that
McGowan owns. McGowan said he hopes to persuade the Israeli
parliament to put up a memorial at the site of the village.
The Israeli Consulate in New York did not return calls seeking
comment on the group's work.
ISRAELIS REFUSE TO CARRY OUT AIR STRIKES
Karin Laub, Associated Press, 9/25/03
JERUSALEM - A group of reserve air force pilots elicited wall-to-wall
condemnation Thursday for their refusal to carry out air strikes in
Palestinian areas, but their unprecedented protest set off an
emotional debate on the ethics of the targeted killings of militants.
Pilots are held in the highest regard in Israel and their views carry
considerable weight, since their skill and audacity are seen as key
to Israel's survival.
Wednesday's signed declaration condemning the air strikes shook the
nation and also raised new questions about the limits of protest in
the military. The air force commander, Maj. Gen. Dan Halutz, said the
signatories would be punished - possibly jailed - and accused them of
playing politics, rather than grappling with genuine moral
In their petition, the pilots said air strikes on crowded Palestinian
areas are ``illegal and immoral.'' They also condemn Israel's
continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, saying it corrupts
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