For decades now pro-Palestinian activists have been misguided, confused, leaderless, and ineffective. Not to mention oh so incestuous. Collectively they have squandered an estimated $100 million + in the 25 years since the first Camp David agreement which the Israelis used brilliantly, the Palestniians and their suporters miserably. Now, while the Palestinians are facing worse conditions by far than ever in their history, while a neo-apartheid is taking root and fences/wals reminiscent of concentration camps are being built, some of these activists are putting up a statue to what happened at the Deir Yassin village in 1948 while quoting not a Palestinian, not an Arab, not a Muslim, but an elderly Jewish holocaust survivor whose institute leaders are among the most rabid anti-Palestinians around. Sad to watch, especially at the current historical moment when so much needs to be so deperately done about what is happening today
Dedication of the First Deir Yassin Memorial in the United States
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2003
WHAT: Dedication of the first Deir Yassin memorial in the US. The bronze sculpture depicts an uprooted olive tree, which was hand-crafted by internationally-renowned Arab-American artist Khalil Bendib.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 24th at 11 A.M.
WHERE: One Mile Point, Geneva, New York.
In introducing the festivities, Daniel McGowan a professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Executive Director of Deir Yassin Remembered, said: “We are dedicating the first memorial in the United States in remembrance of the victims of the massacre, which occurred on April 9, 1948 at Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village on the west side of Jerusalem.”
The Deir Yassin Massacre:
On April 9, 1948 the Irgun and Stern Gang murdered over 100 men, women, and children in the Arab village of Deir Yassin on the west side of Jerusalem. The massacre marked the beginning of the depopulation of 750,000 Arabs from over 400 towns and villages.
Remembered as the beginning of the Palestinian diaspora, the massacre at Deir Yassin is arguably the single most important event in 20th century Palestinian history.
This sculpture in Geneva, New York confirms the belief of Simon Wiesenthal that “Hope Lives When People Remember.”