Zionist troops from Ben Dunkelman’s 7th brigade celebrate on July 17th, 1948, after the surrender of the mostly Christian Palestinian city of Nazareth. The Toronto Star calls Dunkelman a “hero” because he protected the residents from death or expulsion. But hold on. According to the UN partition plan, Nazareth was not supposed to be in Israel. And Dunkelman’s concern for Christians did not extend to Muslims. So what kind of hero is that? Read more
A feel-good Christmas story by Toronto Star writer Mitch Potter, told readers about Ben Dunkelman, the Canadian from Toronto who “saved” Nazareth. According to the Star article, “The Toronto man who saved Nazareth” Dunkelman is a hero because he protected the Christians in Nazareth from the Israeli military as it carried out its ethnic cleansing of the Galilee in 1948.
Dunkelman, who was an heir to the TipTop Tailor fortune, was the commander of one of the main Zionist forces which had already completed the expulsion of thousands of Palestinian Muslims. But Dunkelman hesitated when he came to Nazareth, a predominantly Christian city.
He asked for written orders to carry out the expulsion from David Ben Gurion, who had become Premier of Israel a few months earlier. Ben Gurion, concerned about how the expulsion of Christians from Nazareth would look in Europe, declined. Lacking explicit written orders, Dunkelman prudently decided to instead negotiate the surrender of Nazareth rather than attack it and expel its Christian residents.
So far so good.
But while Dunkelman’s forces did did not attack Nazareth, they did conquer it, and Nazareth was forcibly incorporated into the new State of Israel contrary to the UN plan and despite the wishes of its residents. Furthermore, according to Jonathan Cook, an Israeli journalist who now lives in Nazareth, Dunkelman’s forces continued a bloody campaign over the rest of the Galilee, killing hundreds of Muslims and forcing tens of thousands to flee.
Another Canadian Journalist/researcher, Dan Freeman-Moloy, has written a damning critique of the Star coverup, which includes a vivid description of the Dunkelman’s campaign in ethically cleansing the rest of the Galilee including through a massacre of Palestinian civilians at the village of Safsaf.
While Zionist forces were ethnically cleansing the Galilee of its non Jewish residents in 1948, thousands of Palestinian Muslims congregated in Nazareth when they learned that the Christian city was “safe” . A tent city of Muslim Palestinian refugees rapidly grew up around Nazareth. And so, today, Nazareth is the largest Palestinian city inside Israel. It is mostly Muslim. But it is so because Ben Dunkelman felt more comfortable killing and expelling Muslims than Christians.
Jonathan Cook explains in a very recent article how Israel deals with Nazareth today, by creating a new Jewish City, called “Nazareth Ilit”, which surrounds the Palestinian City