Yahia Al Shaer
Atrocities, Mass Murders and War Crimes
during the 1956 Anglo-French-Israeli Tripartite
invasion and Sinai War
This is a sad chapter in my book, because talking about the other Side of the Coin will neither include the hereoising any person on either sides of the War.
It simply demands FACTS. Redocumenting an account of horrible crimes committed duringthe war days (off the battle fields) since 29th October 1956, demanddoubtless facts and prerequisites neutrality.
As many other wars, the Anglo-French-Israeli war was no exception. It did have its share of disgrace and shame.
On all fronts and in all Wars, Massmurders are never the issue of how many murders were committed to be counted asa war crime ?
or how many innocent civilians were killed to be measuredas Massmurder ?.
It is the moral obligation, to ask the question, how did we allow it to come so far
Killing POWs is against the UN Charta, signed by all the states on this Earth. Killing innocent civilians by soldiers is disgraceful and nonhonorable. It is an act of terror which degrades its doers and places them to side with criminals. It does not comply to the military honore.
The courage to admit that it has happened, requires a great deal of civil courage. Many have denied that they took place - when they had the chance to do it.-, others have just done it, and simply committed the crime, thought that it will never come up,it will sink down in the forgotten minutes of history. But justice is holy, and the truth will always pop up and pervail.
May God forgive
May their souls rest in peace
We have heard in Port Said about some of the atrocities committed during this war. We have been talking in Egypt and propagating, that innocent civilians and soldiers have been killed either in cold blood, or at point blank, or may be just for the sake of killing, cold blood killing of non-combatant civilians or military persons.
We have either propagated the stories or waited for evidences, because such crimes were categorically denied from the Tripartite Alliances , that they never happened or were never committed from their soldiers. They argumented, that such war crimes never happened after 1945. The history proved that they are wrong and that we - who never thought it could be true -- are mistaken.
To document these crimes for history, I have chosen the following (known and published) war crimes, genocide and atrocities committed by all three Alliances of 1956 War against Egypt. Starting with Port Said and ending with Sinai referring to the sources of these information.
by Dave Himmelstein
Drawing the line at Sharon
by Dave Himmelstein
And they feel that not to speak out would disqualify them from denouncing war crimes and crimes against humanity in other places and times.
Dave Himmelstein is a writer and teacher in Monteal.
In 1956 Sinai WarIt began on Monday, October 29, 1956, at exactly 16:59. Paratroopers' Battalion 890 under the command of Raphael (Raful) Eitan was parachuted on the eastern side of the Mitla pass, deep in enemy territory. This was the first moment of the war, to be known later as the Suez War.
There were 395 fighters, including the commander, Raful, who participated in the jump. While they were still hovering between heaven and earth, the soldiers identified two large tents on the eastern side of the Mitla pass. They did not open fire from the air nor were they able, at that stage, to determine exactly who was there. Later it became clear. They were civilians, Egyptian public works employees, who happened to be at the place where the Israeli army commanders decided to parachute their force. They were captured and taken prisoners.
Two days later, after the awaited link-up was made with Division 202, Sharon assumed command in Mitla and Raful's battalion was ordered to move on to Ras Sudar. The Egyptian workers who had been captured on the first day of the parachuting were not loaded on the trucks and did not join the battalion which began to move to the south in a convoy, nor were they transferred to Sharon's soldiers. In fact, none of the soldiers of Battalion 890 can testify to having seen them alive after the force packed up and left.
Lieutenant Colonel (reserves) Danny Wolf (known as Rahav), recipient of the Award of Valor(1) in the Six Day War, today admits that the Egyptian civil engineering workers were slaughtered on the second day of the campaign while the battalion was still isolated Wolf, who later became the commander of the Shaked Elite Unit, was at the time a soldier in the company commanders' course in Battalion 890. If it had been up to him, he now says, the Egyptians would remained alive. On the other hand, there were the circumstances of that time. Wolf, like all who were there, does not like to talk about that part of the campaign, and has been careful to remain silent all these years. Now he is talking.
Wolf: "There were 20 or 25 men. I do not remember exactly how many. All were dressed in white jellabas. Road workers, poor guys. It is an extremely hard work in the middle of the desert. ...........
, without a battle."(6)
Excerpt from Oren's Research Report
By Ronal Fisher
(Maariv, August 8, 1995)
- The highest award in the Israeli army.
- In my view this is untrue. According to my sources, the French army told the Israeli army that all Egyptian units had already received an order to retreat to Egypt as quickly as they could.
- A term of praise.
- They were broken by the stupid order to retreat blindly.
- Regarded as a legendary hero.
- To the best of my information, at least 2,000 were murdered.