Ismail Zayid   Globe and Mail   02-May-1998   Massacred in cold blood

Deir Yassin

Letter to the editor

To describe the terrorist gang that committed the massacre and butchery, in cold blood, of virtually the entire population of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948, as "commandos" is mind-boggling and the height of mendacity.

Jacques de Reymier, the French representative of the International Red Cross in Jerusalem, witnessed the massacre and reported in these words:

I reached the village with my convoy.  The gang were wearing uniforms with helmets.  All of them were young, some even adolescents, armed to the teeth: machine guns, grenades and large scimitars in their hands, most of them still bloodstained.  A beautiful young girl, with criminal eyes, showed me her knife still dripping with blood; she displayed it like a trophy....  This was obviously the 'cleaning up' team, which was obviously performing its task very conscientiously....  Virtually the entire population of the village had been deliberately massacred in cold blood, for as I observed for myself, this gang was admirably disciplined and only acted under their leaders' orders.

I think that says it all.

Ismail Zayid, M.D., Halifax