Prominent Jewish Leader: Israel Intentionally Massacred Civilians in 1948 to Terrorize the Population

“The Targeting of Civilians Was Started By The Jewish Terrorist Groups”

Henry Siegman was executive director of the American Jewish Congress – long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations – for 16 years. Siegman – an ordained orthodox rabbi – was also the head of the Synagogue Council of America, and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power, Siegman’s family had to move from place to place to avoid Nazi persecution.  His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that pushed for the creation of a Jewish state.

Last week, Siegman spoke about Israeli war crimes … at the very creation of the state of Israel:

Israel had, pre-state—in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today. I don’t mean they sent rockets, but they killed innocent people. And they did that in an even more targeted way than these rockets do. Benny Morris published a book that is considered the Bible on that particular period … in the book Righteous Victims, in which he said—I recall, when I read it, I was shocked—in which he—particularly in his most recently updated book, which was based on some new information that the Israel’s Defense—the IDF finally had to open up and publish, that Israeli generals received direct instructions from Ben-Gurion during the War of Independence to kill civilians, or line them up against the wall and shoot them, in order to help to encourage the exodus, that in fact resulted, of 700,000 Palestinians, who were driven out of their—left their homes, and their towns and villages were destroyed. This was terror, even within not just the terrorist groups, the pre-state terrorists, but this is within the military, the Israeli military, that fought the War of Independence. And in this recent book, that has received so much public attention by

Ari Shavit. He describes several such incidents, too. And incidentally, one of the people who—according to Benny Morris, one of the people who received these orders—and they were oral orders, but he, in his book, describes why he believes that these orders were given, were given to none other than Rabin, who was not a general then, but he—and that he executed these orders.

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He executed civilians. And the rationale given for this when Shavit, some years ago, had an interview with Benny Morris and said to him, “My God, you are saying that there was deliberate ethnic cleansing here?” And Morris said, “Yes, there was.” And he says, “And you justify it?” And he said, “Yes, because otherwise there would not have been a state.” And Shavit did not follow up. And that was one of my turning points myself, when I saw that. He would not follow up and say, “Well, if that is a justification, the struggle for statehood, why can’t Palestinians do that? What’s wrong with Hamas? Why are they demonized if they do what we did?”

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In Israel they made the heads of the two major pre-state terrorist groups prime ministers. So this distinction he’s drawing is simply false; it’s not true. The heads of the two terrorist groups, which incidentally, again, going back to Benny Morris, in his book, Righteous Victims, he writes, in this pre-state account, that the targeting of civilians was started by the Jewish terrorist groups, and the Arab—and the Arab groups followed.

And Siegman says that the slaughter is continuing today:

When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the slaughter of—repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis—and should be a profound crisis—in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success. It leads one virtually to a whole rethinking of this historical phenomenon.

Here’s the must-watch Siegman interview which includes the quotes above:

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  • not authorized

    Hey.. that was only a few years after that double Holocaust thing.

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~jez/junk/history_eraser_button.jpg

  • Valeria Damiroxa

    Remember the USS Liberty: In1967 the CIA spy ship was attacked by Israeli Air Force and Navy during 3 hours, resulting in the death of 34 U.S. Americans and 171 injured. Israeli spies Jonathan Pollard and Lawrence Franklin remain in U.S. jails: Even Netanyahu can’t twist Obama into releasing them – because the Pentagon and the CIA will not consent. In spite of the “unbreakable alliance” – there is no “love” between the U.S. and Israel. The U.S. uses Israel, just as it uses the Saudis, ISIS, the Emirates, the Turks, the Kurds – and manipulates them against each other: KEEPING U.S CONTROL IS THE GAME – the Near East is the base against Russia from the south, is scarecrow to keep the Europeans hiding under the NATO-skirt, and keep India and China trembling about getting oil.

    • MCB

      Exactly Valeria. I thought it was because Israel was a persecuted people and the only “Democracy” in the middle east? 😉 Israel is just a giant U.S. proxy Army/Air Force Base. Israel is just another monster AmeriKan creation like The Federal Reserve Bank and now both of them are uncontrollable.

  • Undecider

    This “War of Independence.” Just sparked out of no where against someone convenient? Usually, it’s against oppressors. Funny thing, I don’t recall the Palestinians being the tyrants.

    • jongnagy

      There were no Palestinians except in the Palestinian state called Jordan.

  • Why did the shill commenters disappear? Did they give up?

    • FredJ11

      This is the wrong blog to push Hasbara. People here are too well informed.

  • Buster_Banter

    I would like to share a web site with some interesting history on the Israel lobby in the United States.
    The Israel Lobby Archive from the Institute For Research: Middle Eastern Policy
    http://israellobby.org/

  • Cain Abel

    Pure propaganda

  • jongnagy

    This “Orthodox” rabbi has no head covering as all Orthodox men have to show his fear of God.

    He is a pitiful man whose ideas have nothing to do with truth.

    Let him read the Hamas and Fatah charters that call for the elimination of the Jewish state and its inhabitants ! How do you resolve that?

    A sad and tragic figure.

  • inti

    Thank You Mr Henry Siegman you are indeed a good Jews!