100th Anniversary of 1918 Australian & New Zealand Surafend Massacre Of Palestinians
Date Written: 10/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23161
A look back at the premeditated massacre of male Palestinian villagers by Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the village of Surafend and a nearby Bedouin camp, which took place on December 10, 1918. The massacre has been largely ignored but serves as an allegory of settler colonialism.
The Surafend Massacre can be seen as the first violent act in the century-long Palestinian Genocide in which 2.3 million Palestinian have died from violence (0.1 million) or from violently-imposed deprivation (2.2 million) since the British invasion of Palestine in WW1. However the first non-violent mass killing of Palestinians in the ongoing Palestinian Genocide was in the WW1 Palestinian Famine in which an estimated 100,000 Palestinians died from deprivation occasioned by the British and their Australian and New Zealand lackeys bringing war to Palestine. Note that genocide is defined thus: "In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group"