SIR – Daniel Teegan, rightly, condemns the killings at Deir Yassin in the events leading up to and, soon after, the affirmation of the State of Israel in 1948, but conveniently ignores the blood spilt by Arab terrorists. The archives of the Palestine Post show that in the first week of the Partition Plan, 61 Jews had been murdered by the Arabs, and by May 15th, 1948, the total was 1,256.
The highest number, 127, were killed at Kfar Etzion on that date, and only three survived. The most despicable attack by the Arabs occurred on April 13th, 1948, when a Hadassah medical convoy was attacked, resulting in the slaughter of 78 Jewish doctors, nurses and patients.
As regards the Arab exodus, it depends which side you want to believe: In ‘Causes of the 1948 Palestinian Exodus’ by Wikipedia, there is no clear cut evidence for either view, and I suspect both sides have some truth in the argument. I trust the above evidence shows the massacres are not black and white, but a case of at least twenty shades of grey.