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|Third Fatah congress|
|EU makes first contribution to UNRWA|
|Founding of Islamic Seminary (College of Sharia) in Hebron|
|Tue, 1 Dec 1970|
|end of Civil war in (north) Yemen|
|Fri, 13 Nov 1970|
|Coup in Syria|
| Oct 1970|
|Israeli PM promises that in exchange for advanced weaponry, she would refrain from violating cease-fire along Suez canal and from using these weapons to bomb deep inside Egypt|
|Thu, 1 Oct 1970|
|Mourners killed as Nasser is buried|
|Wed, 30 Sep 1970|
|Leila Khaled released by UK|
|Sun, 27 Sep 1970|
|end of Jordanian Army attack on PLO|
|Wed, 16 Sep 1970|
|start of Jordanian Army attack on PLO|
|Sun, 13 Sep 1970|
|British government announces agreement to Swop Leila Khaled for hostages|
|Sat, 12 Sep 1970|
|PFLP guerillas blow up hijacked planes in Jordan|
|Wed, 9 Sep 1970|
|BOAC plane hijacked|
|Sun, 6 Sep 1970|
|PLO hijacks several planes in one day|
| Aug 1970|
|end of War of Attrition|
|Wed, 5 Aug 1970|
|Knesset passes law saying that Absentees' Property Law 1950 does not apply to residents of East Jerusalem|
|Mon, 3 Aug 1970|
|Operation Hair 265|
| Aug 1970|
|Israeli army kills over a thousand people and demolishes thousands of Palestinian homes in Gaza Strip|
Report on the razing of Emmaus, Beit Nuba and Yalou in 1967
: Report on the razing of Emmaus, Beit Nuba and Yalou in 1967By
: Amos Kenan Date of issue
: 1970Topic(s) addressed
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Commentary (by JB) Abstract
Aros Kenan, a reservist Israeli soldier, took part in the 1967 fighting in this region. This report was sent to all Knesset Members. This English version is from "Israel, a wasted Victory" Amikam Tel-Aviv Publishers Ltd, Tel-Aviv 1970, pp. 18-21.
Uri Avnery was prevented from publishing it in his magazine by the military censor.
The commander of my platoon said that it had been decided to blow up the three villages in the sector -Yalou, Beit Nuba and Amwas. For reasons of strategy, tactics, security. In the first place, to straighten out the Latrun "finger". Secondly, in order to punish these murderers" dens. And thirdly, to deprive infiltrators of a base in future.
One may argue with this idiotic approach, which advocates collective punishment and is based on the belief that if the infiltrator loses one house, he will not find another from which to wait in ambush. One may argue with the effectiveness of increasing the number of our enemies -but why argue?
We were told it was our job to search the village houses; that if we found any armed men there, they were to be taken prisoner. Any unarmed persons should be given time to pack their belongings and then told to get moving -get moving to Beit Sira, a village not far away. We were also told to take up positions around the approaches to the villages, in order to prevent those villagers who had heard the Israeli assurances over the radio that they could return to their homes in peace -from returning to their homes. The order was -shoot over their heads and tell them there is no access to the village.