Founded in 1943, just east of Jerusalem, Kfar Etzion is placed inside the proposed Arab state that the UN suggests in its 1947 partition plan. In May 1948, the inhabitants engage Arab irregulars and those from the Jordanian Arab Legion. The Arab Legion hits the settlement on May 12, and before the fighting ends, some 130 plus Jews are killed. This is a period of time when attacks are brutal and revenge is commonplace. Later in October, another Arab village, Al Dawayima is attacked by Israeli forces and some 80 Arabs are killed.
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