Commemorating 63rd anniversary of Zionist massacre in Palestinian village Deir Yassin 10Apr11 April 12, 2011

Alternative Information Centre -  10 April 2011

The Palestinian village of Deir Yassin was one of five Palestinian villages to the west of Jerusalem that were completely cleansed and destroyed during the ethnic cleansing of 1948 (the other four are Qalunia, Sarris, Beit Surek and Biddou), during the creation of the state of Israel.

The village is now best known for the massacre that was committed by the Zionist underground paramilitary groups Irgun and Lehi on 9 April1948, during which around 200 Palestinians were assassinated in cold blood by shooting or hand grenades thrown at their homes.

Deir Yassin was located on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. Most of the village remains have since been destroyed. The area is currently known as Givat Shaoul, and is a largely orthodox Jewish neighborhood. It is also home to Kfar Shaul Mental Health Center, Jerusalem’s largest psychiatric facility, which uses some of the remaining village homes in the hospital compound.

At present, the Venezuelan Jewish community is building a luxury apartment complex on the site of the village. The Jerusalem Municipality, upon approving the Venezuelan development, said that it hopes the surrounding neighbourhood will absorb the Venezuelan immigrants into Jerusalem.

The complex has been named Pninat Har Nof. In addition to the luxury apartments, the Pninat Har Nof complex will have a park for children and a common space building that will house a gym, spa, sauna, squash, and a party room, according to the website.

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