Editor says, we're not celebrating Israel's anniversary was a letter published in the Guardian Newspaper on April 30th 2008 by sixty prominent Jewish personalities with the preface ~ "As Edward Said emphasised, what the Holocaust is to the Jews, the Naqba is to the Palestinians". We explore the validity of those claims but in a very different context (a pun), by choosing the accidental death of Mickey Marcus as a change of fortunes for the Palestinians assuming that at that stage the Palestinians were undefeated (in fact, a ceasefire had already been declared by then). Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the author's own viewpoints. This article is part of the Alternate Nations thread.
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Editor says, Wikipedia ~ a few hours before the cease fire, Marcus returned to his Central Front headquarters. He and his commanders were billeted in the monks' quarters of the abandoned Monastere Notre Dame de la Nouvelle Alliance in Abu Ghosh. Shortly before 4:00 a.m., a sentry, Eliezer Linski, eighteen years old, and a one-year Palmachi veteran, challenged a figure in white. When the man failed to respond with the password, Linski fired in the air and the man ran towards the monastery. He fired at the man, as did one or more fighters in a nearby sentry post. Marcus was found dead, wrapped in a white blanket. As a mostly assimilated English-speaking American Jew, Marcus knew very little Hebrew and failed to understand the Hebrew challenge, and Linski did not understand Marcus who responded in English. Marcus wore no rank, although officers had been recognized by a ribbon pinned to their uniforms. As Marcus's body was removed from Abu Ghosh, a ribbon was found and placed on his casket.
His body was returned to the United States for burial, accompanied by Moshe Dayan and his wife Ruth, Yoseph Harel, and the wife of his aide de camp, Alex Broida.
Ben-Gurion was suspicious of the initial report that Marcus had been shot accidentally. The Haganah was comprised of several factions whose lack of consensus over strategy and tactics was one of the reasons for Marcus's appointment as commander for Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion suspected that elements in the Palmach may have conspired to kill Marcus so he would be replaced. On the same day Marcus was shot, Ben-Gurion summoned Yaakov Shimshon Shapira - later Israel's Attorney General - and asked him to investigate the incident. Shapira's investigation was cursory. Despite conflicting reports concerning the number of shots fired, how many wounds Marcus suffered, whether the fatal wound could have been caused by Linski's rifle, and how and why Marcus may have been outside the monastery, he concluded that Linski shot Marcus in the line of duty. The report has never been made public. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.