Massacres as a weapon of ethnic cleansing during the Nakba

Abu Sitta, Salman

Publisher:  Mondoweiss
Date Written:  12/06/2020
Year Published:  2020  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX24735

Sitta explores the ways massacres were an integral element of the Israeli settler colonial state, and aims to challenge the Zionist narrative that has dominated the Western mind. He provides a chronology of the violence and massacres commited by the Israeli state towards various Palestinian settlements.


Palestinian historians such as Aref al Aref, Mustafa al Dabbagh, or Walid Khalidi were not widely known in the west. In 1980s, the Israeli “new historians” and writers such as Simha Flapan, Benny Morris, Baruch Kimmerling, and Ilan Pappe among others broke the wall of silence and exposed the deception and distortion of the Zionist narrative. Benny Morris retained his Zionist loyalty by describing the long trail of massacres committed by Israel and claiming it was not planned. Ilan Pappe, almost alone among Israeli historians, went on to describe in detail “the ethnic cleansing of Palestine”, that was deliberate, consistent, and continuous in its aim to depopulate Palestine.

Those young people are now discovering the truth about Al Nakba, that it is still going on, that they are its victims and will continue to be until they realize their Right of Return. They also learn, as more facts are revealed, that they (and their parents) were the victims of the Zionist Invasion of Palestine in which the massacres of ordinary civilians in occupied villages were the primary weapon of ethnic cleansing.

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