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Benny Morris: Israel’s Concealing of Nakba Documents Is Totalitarian

Who gave the order and is the operation legal? These are the questions that remain after Hagar Shezaf’s excellent investigative report in Haaretz a week ago: “Burying the Nakba: How Israel Systematically Hides Evidence of 1948 Expulsion of Arabs.”

Shezaf outlines how, since the mid-2000s or early 2010s, Malmab, the Defense Ministry’s secretive security department, has systematically culled from Israeli archives documents that paint the state’s conduct toward Palestine’s Arabs, particularly during the 1948 war, in bleak colors. In vaults, it hides away documents describing expulsions and massacres by various pre-state militias and then Israeli soldiers during that war and in subsequent years.

Malmab is supposed to protect the defense establishment from infiltration by hostile elements – spies, traitors and cyberattackers – and from leaks of documents on sensitive matters like intelligence and nuclear information. But instead it’s trying to prettify the state’s actions 70 years ago, essentially seeking to rewrite and whitewash the history of the Jewish state. No law defines Malmab’s roles, but doing PR for the state and whitewashing its past surely aren’t legitimate areas of activity for it.