Occupied Palestine (The Inside Palestine)- Israeli soldiers that took part in a massacre in 1948 at the Palestinian village of Tantura have admitted to a mass killing of Palestinian civilians after decades, Haaretz revealed on Thursday.
An Israeli director collected testimonies from Israeli soldiers that were present during the massacre in a documentary film entitled “Tantura”.
For decades, Israel denied the massacre at Tantura in 1948. Now, the soldiers who committed the heinous acts of ethnic cleansing are confirming what Palestinians have said all along: villagers were systematically slaughtered. https://t.co/haAO36N360
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Moshe Diamant, one of the soldiers who finally admitted to the massacre, was reported as saying, “It mustn’t be told, it could cause a whole scandal. I don’t want to talk about it, but it happened. What can you do? It happened.”
The villagers, according to Diamant, were shot to death by a savage using a submachine gun after the battle was over.
Another soldier said, “It’s not nice to say this. They put them into a barrel and shot them in the barrel. I remember the blood in the barrel.”
The soldiers’ testimonies, which were collected by director Alon Schwarz for his documentary, show that the victims were buried in a mass grave, which is now under a parking lot at “Dor Beach”, south of Haifa.
A new documentary at Sundance this weekend demolishes the official Israeli denial of the Tantura massacre, when more than 200 Palestinians in a seaside community were gunned down by a Zionist militia days after the establishment of Israel in 1948.https://t.co/7GMGQUos1e
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The Israeli massacre had been described in detail by Palestinian historians but had been consistently denied by “Israel”, which never recognized what haptpened.
An Israeli researcher by the name of Teddy Katz had also described the massacre in his master’s thesis at Haifa University. He had written how more than 200 Palestinian villagers were shot dead after they surrendered.
Israeli soldiers from the Alexandroni Brigade that attacked the village filed a lawsuit against Katz, forcing him to retract his account of the massacre.