What Happened at Lydda

In his celebrated new book, Ari Shavit claims that “Zionism” committed a massacre in July 1948. Can the claim withstand scrutiny?
The Dahmash Mosque in Lydda in July 1948, after its capture by Israeli forces. Wikimedia.
The Dahmash Mosque in Lydda in July 1948, after its capture by Israeli forces. Wikimedia.
Essay
July 1 2014
About the author

Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Koret distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


“In 30 minutes, at high noon, more than 200 civilians are killed. Zionism carries out a massacre in the city of Lydda.”— Ari Shavit, My Promised Land

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