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On the 58th anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre, Al Awda NY celebrates another triumph of the human spirit as we listen to ‘am Dawud. Dawud As’ad, 17 years old young Palestinian at the time, miraculously survived the massacre, but had to live with the loss of more than 20 members of his extended family. His traumatic experience meant among other things the dealing with the loss of his only TWO years old brother, his 96 years old grandmother and the arrest of his SIX years old sister. ‘am Dawud in his seventies now, enjoys an active life in New Jersey where he is a prominent member of the Arab Muslim community.
Dawud’s story begins early in the morning of April 9, 1948, when commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. The village had a peaceful reputation, but it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Deir Yassin was slated for occupation under Plan Dalet and the mainstream Jewish defense force, the Haganah, authorized the irregular terrorist forces of the Irgun and the Stern Gang to perform the takeover.
In all over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. Fifty-three orphaned children were literally dumped along the wall of the Old City, where they were found by Miss Hind Husseini and brought behind the American Colony Hotel to her home, which was to become the Dar El-Tifl El-Arabi orphanage.
From Deir Yassin, to Jenin, the Zionist enterprise has only strived to stay faithful to its racist nature!