Duma: The New Deir Yassin


I never believed the terrible tales of the massacre in Deir Yassin: of Jews raping Arab women and engaging in the horrible mutilation of Arab villagers. It’s just not the way we roll. It’s the way THEY roll, “they” being the perpetrators of the Farhud in Iraq and Tarpat Massacres in Hebron and Safed.

There is PLENTY of evidence to back my assertions, including eyewitness accounts from early visits by Red Cross representatives who said they saw no evidence of sexual improprieties or maltreatment, as well as testimony from Deir Yassin survivors, saying the same thing. I wrote about Deir Yassin HERE.

And yet, just as you have with Breaking the Silence, you have Jews ready to not only embrace the worst about their own people, but lie about it, shouting it from the rooftops to a world clamoring to hate the Jews.


Me? I’m only interested in the truth.

Take Duma, for instance. Yesterday we got the big news that two Jews had been indicted, at long last, for the murder of three members of the Dawabshe family.

Predictably, everyone rushed in to breast-beat. Meaning Jews. Because Jews find murder abhorrent. “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments, a set of moral precedents we gifted to the world.

But in my humble opinion, we seriously need to take a step back and look at the way the case of Duma has been handled and not lose sight of two quite salient facts:

1) There are allegations of torture, isolation, sleep deprivation, and denial of counsel to those questioned in connection with Duma. If these allegations are true, the confessions are tainted.

2) There is the fact that Mordechai Mayer was released yesterday from administrative detention after being held for FIVE MONTHS without evidence or trial. (Actually, he’s not released. They’re still processing the paperwork, while this kid sits behind bars.)

Think about that for a minute: they want us to believe they, the Shabak (ISA), know what they’re doing. They’re sure they’re pinning the right things on the right guy. But after holding a kid for five months, they finally had to admit they had NOTHING. FIVE MONTHS.

Let that sink in. Five months. They were so sure. But they had NOTHING.

I could say a lot more. But I said it all HERE.

What I haven’t mentioned: the wedding footage, designed to still the growing cries against the suspected poor treatment of detainees held in connection with Duma. Do people dancing with guns and knives and photos of murdered babies constitute proof that Jews murdered the Dawabshe family? And what of the claims of the families connected to this wedding, that the Shabak (ISA), infiltrated the wedding and put on a show?

Does the footage of dancing at a wedding with guns, knives, and a photo of a baby, constitute proof that  a Jew committed murder?
Does the footage of dancing at a wedding with guns, knives, and a photo of a baby, constitute proof that a Jew committed murder?

Ridiculous? Not at all. We know about the Shabak and its infamous agent provocateur, Avishai Raviv.

Avishai Raviv's "swearing in ceremony."
Avishai Raviv’s “swearing in ceremony.”

There’s both history and precedent.

Now I am not saying that Benoliel didn’t do it.

I am saying that I’m not ready to label and breast-beat. I am saying that any confession elicited under torture, and conditions of sleep deprivation and isolation, is tainted. And that’s a problem, because even if he did do it, there will always be a lingering scent of doubt clinging to the case.

Just like Deir Yassin.

Not to mention, the boy hasn’t been tried.

In short, I’m not ready to own this. I’m not ready to disown this.

I think we should not, as a people, or a moral society, be so ready to embrace one of our own as a murderer when he has not been tried, and when a confession or evidence has possibly been obtained by deeply troubling and questionable methods.

This boy’s life has been ruined. His photo has gone out to press and they say he has done terrible things.

Maybe he has and maybe he hasn’t.

I’m not going to rush to judgment.

And neither should any of you.

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A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.