Electronic Intifada: Sixty years after Deir Yassin
Posted by uscsjp on April 13, 2008
“…When Nelson Mandela stated that we know as South Africans “that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians,”  he was not simply talking to our Muslim community, who can be expected to directly empathize, but to all South Africans precisely because of our experience of racial and colonial subjugation, and because we well understand the value of international solidarity.
When I came to learn of the fate that befell the Palestinians, I was shaken to the core and most particularly when I read eye-witness accounts of a massacre of Palestinian villagers that occurred a month before Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence. This was at Deir Yassin, a quiet village just outside Jerusalem, which had the misfortune to lie by the road from Tel Aviv. On 9 April 1948, 254 men, women and children were butchered there by Zionist forces to secure the road…”
—Ronnie Kasrils, The Electronic Intifada, 8 April 2008