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How did the village of Deir Yassin come to be fought over in 1948?

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How did the village of Deir Yassin come to be fought over in 1948? In 1947, the British, who where very weary of war decided to leave all Palestinian problems to the United Nations after they where facing Arab threats, Jewish terrorism and also receiving increasing criticism from the United States. With Palestine now under U.N control, it was suggested that Palestine be partitioned into two Jewish and Arab states. The Zionists, who wanted a Jewish National homeland in Palestine that would be secured under public law, accepted this preposition. However Britain and the Arabs did not accept this preposition and in November 1947 when partition was agreed, the Arabs still rejected the idea and a civil war broke out. There where huge atrocities on both sides of war, Palestinians where attacking Jews and Jews where raiding Arab villages. In general, the Jewish where much better organized then the Arabs and had a real official army, The Haganah. ...read more.

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The Haganah however, chose not to attack Deir Yassin, unlike The Stern Gang and The Irgun because it was not on their list of hostile villages and it had stayed out of disputes and didn't deem to be any risk to the Jewish. Although it was the Stern Gang and the Irgun who attacked Deir Yassin, it has been said that the Haganah had granted these two groups permission to do so. Deir Yassin was a major atrocity, which involved the Irgun slaughtering the Arab civilians and causing them to flee in fear of their lives. This caused a Palestinian refugee problem, with Arabs fleeing to surrounding areas such as Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. This Refugee problem still exists today, sixty years later and the effects of the attack caused great devastation in Palestine. Sources A and B are written by the Jewish Foreign Minister and the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization), both of these sources are blaming each other for the attack on Deir Yassin and for the flight of Arabs from their villages. ...read more.

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When the regular Arab armies joined there fighting, the source says that this is when a full-scale war broke out and the numbers of refugees increased. Source B says that the responsibility for all of the refugees must lie in the hands of the people who started the aggression against Israel, the Arabs. This statement was written in 1961 in a speech made to the United Nations, the Israeli people are blaming all of the effects of Deir Yassin, much like in Source A where the Palestinians where blaming it all on the Israeli's. According to two Palestinian eye witnesses the Palestinians didn't have a chance, within minutes the village was ablaze with attacks from machine guns and grenades which where thrown into Palestinian houses and killed in one scenario twenty-eight people in one house, it was inevitable that the Jewish would come out of this civil war victorious, the Arabs didn't stand a chance. ...read more.

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