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A substantial number of the inhabitants obeyed the warning and they were unhurt. Our men were compelled to fight for every house. … And the civilians who had disregarded our warnings suffered inevitable casualties. Throughout the Arab world and the world at large, a wave of lying propaganda was let loose about ‘Jewish atrocities’ … The Arabs began to flee in terror, even before they clashed with Jewish forces. … Arab propaganda spread a legend of terror amongst Arabs and Arab troops, who were seized with panic at the mention of Irgun soldiers.
Ben-Gurion was the leader of the Jewish Agency. Why do you think the policy outlined in Source A is so astute? We shall fight alongside the British army against the Germans as if the antiZionist White Paper of 1939 did not exist, and fight against the White Paper as if the war with Germany did not exist. After the Second World War When the war ended, in 1945, the British announced that there would be no change in their policy in Palestine: that is, there would be no big increase in immigration and no separate Jewish state.
Things had become quiet, but the village had not surrendered. The Irgun and LEHI [Stern Gang] men came out of hiding and began to ‘clean’ the houses. They shot whoever they saw, women and children included; the commanders did not try to stop the massacres … I pleaded with the commander to order his men to cease fire, but to no avail. In the meantime, 25 Arabs had been loaded on a truck … and murdered in cold blood. indb 39 04/12/2012 15:02 A foreign observer wrote about the effects of the massacre (Source J).