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The purpose of this page is to document and discuss the Arab massacre of Jewish soldiers at Kfar Etzion on May 13, 1948.

The Kfar Etzion massacre refers to a massacre that took place after a two-day battle between Jewish settlers and soldiers of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion and a combined force of the Arab Legion and Arab villagers, on May 13, 1948, the day before the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Of the 129 Haganah soldiers and Jewish combatant kibbutzniks who died during the defence of the settlement, Martin Gilbert states that fifteen were murdered on surrendering.

Kfar Etzion massacre  (HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG)  (2014/0817)

The official Israeli version maintains that the settlers and soldiers were massacred by villagers and the Arab Legion as they were surrendering. The Arab Legion version states that it arrived too late to prevent the villagers' onslaught, which was motivated by a desire to revenge the massacre of Deir Yassin, and the destruction of one of their villages several months earlier.

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Kfar Etzion massacre  (HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG)  (2014/0817)

Gush Etzion  (HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG)  (2014/0817)

Interesting to note that this link claims all the Jews killed were inhabitants whereas other accounts claimed this was a battle between two armed forces.

Massacre at Kfar Etzion, Cairo to Damascus, May 13, 1948.  (HTTP://COJS.ORG)  (2014/0817)

Interesting to note that this link claims this was very much a military style battle but the account details differ from other accounts.

A history of Gush Etzion and the Massacre of Kfar Etzion  (WWW.ZIONISM-ISRAEL.COM)  (2014/0817)

Interesting to note that even though the piece admits the settlements were in Arab territory, the Jews no area would be evacuated without a fight.  This page is a good example of why it is so difficult to discuss this issue with Jews.  They seem to use whatever language is necessary to get what they want wheter it is fair or not.

The Siege and Fall of Gush Etzion  (WWW.OU.ORG)  (2014/0817)

Israel at 66: Remembering the Fall of a Community and the Birth of a Nation  (WWW.THETOWER.ORG)  (2014/0817)

Before the Kidnappings, There Was a Massacre How the national trauma of Kfar Etzion helped bring Israeli Yeshiva boys to the West Bank  (WWW.TABLEMAG.COM)  (2014/0817)

4th of Iyar - Gush Etzion's Last Stand  (HTTP://ISRAELSDOCUMENTS.BLOGSPOT.COM)  (2014/0817)

Israel’s War of Independence: Remembering the Losses  (HTTP://UNITEDWITHISRAEL.ORG)  (2014/0817)