UKLFI Charitable Trust hosted a webinar on Deir Yassin – A Question of Evidence with Prof Eliezer Tauber and chaired by Natasha Hausdorff on Sunday 29 May 2022.
Professor Eliezer Tauber discussed his fascinating research on the incident in the village of Deir Yassin in April 1948, the subject of his book “The Massacre that Never Was”, recently published in English.
The alleged massacre at Deir Yassin is frequently cited in discussions about Palestinian refugees and could be said to form a cornerstone of the Palestinian narrative of the establishment of the State of Israel. However, Professor Tauber’s detailed analysis of eye witness accounts shows the danger of relying on reportage by persons with their own political objectives.
Similar problems continue to this day in relation to reports of NGOs and UN bodies, as well as proceedings in international criminal tribunals, as discussed HERE. This webinar should be of great interest to those concerned about false reports today as well as propaganda in the past.
More about the speakers:
Professor Eliezer Tauber specialises in the modern history of the Middle East and is a world expert on the emergence of the Arab nationalist movements, the formation of the modern Arab states, and the early phases of the Arab-Israeli conflicts. He has published many books and articles on these topics.
Professor Tauber was the founder and first chair of the Department of Middle East Studies and dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies at Bar Ilan University. For many years he was Director of the Menachem Begin Institute for the Study of Underground and Resistance Movements.
Professor Tauber’s recent book, “The Massacre That Never Was: The Myth of Deir Yassin and the Creation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem” is available in English HERE
Natasha Hausdorff is a barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers, and a frequent speaker on International Law. She has a law degree from Oxford University, qualified as a solicitor at Skadden, and subsequently gained an LLM from Tel Aviv University, focussing on public international law and the law of armed conflict. She clerked for Miriam Naor, former President of Israel's Supreme Court and was a Fellow at Columbia Law School's National Security Program. Natasha is legal director of UKLFI Charitable Trust.