The Toronto Star on December 19 ran an interesting story on Torontonian Ben Dunkelman’s little known saving of Nazareth. In July of 1948 when the new state of Israel was activley ethnic leansing the indigenous Palestinian from their city, Dunkelman resisted kicking out the passive natives from their generational home. He was part of a particularly nasty 7th Brigade which was simply exercising the infamous Plan D “In the event of resistance, the armed force must be wiped out and the population must be expelled outside the borders of the state”.
Well, Dunkelman saw no reason to get rid of the people and he flouted the orders to do so. Moshe Carmi the presiding general immediately consulted the Defence Minister and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The wily Israeli leader knew that kicking Palestinians out of the hometown of Jesus was bad optics. It would not go down well internationally. “Here the world is watching.”
Apparently everywhere else, ethnic cleansing was acceptable.And Isfrael got away with it—until now when the world has awakened to the massive injustice to the Palestinians.