In a few villages, some of the inhabitants were innocently returning to their homes after the curfew hour and a number of them (44) were killed by members of the Border Patrol.
LS. Village - LS. Big tent dressed in central place - members and elders receive guests - Minister of Police SHITRIT arrives - LS. tables and tent - MS. and CU. of the few wounded which escaped during the tragedy, including Cu of a boy - Head Village expresses thanks for all the Government did to restore confidence and say that after this "sulha" no more hard feeling would remain - Osman SALIM another wounded young man - food is offered and guests eat to show that they participate in the reconciliatory feast - Minister of Police and Military.
Notes. On Oct. 29 1956, when the activities of the fedayeen grew and the Sinai operation began, a curfew was proclaimed in a number of villages on the eastern border, in order to protect the lives of villagers. A unit of the Border Patrol was charged with the implementation and supervision of the curfew, and the hours were fixed from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. The villagers in general complied, with the curfew order.
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Background: In a few villages, some of the inhabitants were innocently returning to their homes after the curfew hour and a number of them (44) were killed by members of the Border Patrol. Men, women and children were among the victim.
An Inquiry Committee was appointed on Nov. 1 to establish:
a. The circumstances b. Degree of responsibility c. the compensation which the Government should pay.
The Committee submitted its report on Nov. 6 on accordance with the conclusions:
1. The Commander of the Border Patrol unit and a number of men under his command (11 who carried out an illegal order have been committed for trial.
2. Immediate avance payment were made by the Government to every family which had suffered.
In a statement to the Knesset (Parliament, at the time, Prime Minister Ben Gourion expressed his profound shock and that of the Government at the killing of a number of Arabs in Kafr Kassim. The House adopted a resolution condemning the tragic occurrence.
While the case is still being heard in a Military Tribunal, the special committee appointed to fix amount of compensation reported its findings. The Committee recommendations also request that the Government arrange and pay for the holding of a "sulha" (a reconciliatory feast) to restore good feeling between the parties involved, according to Arab tradition.