Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier YK: You know what’s a PIAT? You know this gun? I used it to shoot the mosque where they were [sheltering]. E: What mosque? YK: In Lod.

Yerachmiel KAhanovich, Palmach soldier, admits to committing the Dahmash Mosque massacre in al-lydd in 1948
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
Dahamsh Mosque: This is where Palmach troops massacred civilians sheltering in the holy place in July 1948 / Photo by Sahar Rouhana
شرح مخطوط عن تاريخ البناء بناء المسجد عام  1923 على يد خليل دهمش / על חזית המבנה מציין שהמסגד נבנה בשנת 1923 על ידי ח'ליל דהמש
Dahamsh Mosque: The Arabic writing on the front of the building states that the mosque was built in 1923 by Khalil Dahamsh / Photo by Umar al-Gubari
شرح مخطوط على واجهة المسجد / כיתוב בערבית על חזית המבנה מציין שהמסגד נבנה ב 1923 על ידי ח'ליל דהמש ונסגר ב 1948 בעקבות הטבח
Dahamsh Mosque: The Arabic writing on the front of the building states that the mosque closed in 1948 due to the massacre. It was reopened in 1996.
צילום: עמר אלע'בארי
Dahamsh Mosque: This is where Palmach troops massacred civilians sheltering in the holy place in July 1948 / Photo hy Umar al-Gubari
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
Mass grave: Al-Lydd inhabitants have testified that under this parking lot in Tzahal (IDF) Boulevard, in front of Borochov Street, lies a mass grave for some of the victims of the July 1948 massacre. / Photo by: Eleonore Merza
צילום: עמר אלע'בארי
Mass grave: Al-Lydd inhabitants have testified that under this parking lot in Tzahal (IDF) Boulevard, in front of Borochov Street, lies a mass grave for some of the victims of the July 1948 massacre / Photo by Umar al-Gubari
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
The big mosque (al-Umari) and the St. George Church were located at the center of the so-called “Ghetto” Neighborhood in 1948
صورة من جولة جمعية زوخروت الى مدينة اللد - מתוך סיור זוכרות לעיר לוד
“Ghetto” Neighborhood / Photo by: Eleonore Merza
هنا كانت سكنة الجيتو  عام 1948/ כאן הייתה שכונת הגטו ב 1948
“Ghetto” Neighborhood / Photo by Janan Abdu
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
al-Lydd/ Photo by: Eleonore Merza
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
“Ghetto” Neighborhood / Photo by: Eleonore Merza
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
The Palestinian al-Lydd municipality building until 1948. Its current address is the corner of Herzog, Golomb and Tzahal (IDF) Streets. A sign on it says it’s “for sale” / Photo by Umar al-Gubari
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
The present Lod municipality building, used to be the Masih (el-Asbah) family home, which was expanded since. The family was deported from al-Lydd in 1948. Current address: corner of Tzahal (IDF) and Hahashmonaim Streets / Photo by Umar al-Gubari
Yerachmiel Kahanovich, Palmach soldier
The present Lod municipality building, used to be the Masih (el-Asbah) family home, which was expanded since. The family was deported from al-Lydd in 1948. Current address: corner of Tzahal (IDF) and Hahashmonaim Streets / Photo by Umar al-Gubari
إحتلال مطار اللد - כיבוש שדה התעופה של לוד
al-lydd airport 1948

 

 

Yerachmiel Kahanovich (1929)
Filmed in Kibbutz Degania Alef on July 23, 2012
By Eyal Sivan
English version: Ami Asher

From the exhibition: Towards a Common Archive – Video Testimonies of Zionist Fighters in 1948, A media exhibition in collaboration between Zochrot and  “A Common Archive, Palestine 1948”, An on going research project by Filmmaker Eyal Sivan [School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) University of East London] & Historian Prof. Ilan Pappé [European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS) University of Exeter] supported by AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

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