Deir Yassin Remembered has long dreamed of a memorial at Deir Yassin. But would such a memorial be possible? And would it be desirable?
It has long been understood that a memorial at Deir Yassin, at the site of the massacre, is unlikely in the near or medium future. It would require both huge funding and Israeli permission, neither of which is , at present, available.
Nor might such a memorial now be desirable. Amid the present injustice, a memorial at Deir Yassin could, at best, be a diversion from and even a legitimisation of the injustice.
Any Israeli government could well say to us, “Sure, go build your memorial!” and then they could show visitors, en route to pay homage to Jewish suffering at Yad Vashem, how wonderfully ethical is their treatment of the Palestinians.
But a truthful memorial at Deai Yassin, in clear sight of the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem, still might not only be a way out of the current horror - it may be the only way out.