Mark your calendars.

April 13, 2008 § 1 Comment

The anniversaries of two equally impactful and violent events in the Arab world took place this week.

April 9, 1948: Over half a century ago, Jewish soldiers killed over 200 Palestinians in the village of Deir Yassin. The village was completely demolished and the land today is a part of the state of Israel. (The above cartoon is from al-Hayat and the text reads: Anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre, the massacre continues after 60 years.)


April 13, 1975: The 33rd anniversary of the breaking out of the Lebanese Civil War. On this day 33 years ago, the Christian Phalangist party (Kita’ib) killed 30 Palestinians on a bus in the Beirut neighborhood Ain al-Roummaneh. The group of Palestinians was returning home from a commemoration of the Deir Yassin Massacre. Hours earlier, gunmen had fired on a church, killing four Christians. (The above image is from al-Hayat and the text reads: Beirut, 1975.)

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