“We are dedicating the first memorial in the United States in remembrance of the victims of the massacre, which occurred on April 9, 1948 at Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village on the west side of Jerusalem,” said Daniel McGowan a professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Executive Director of Deir Yassin Remembered.
Deir Yassin Remembered, a not-for-profit organization of Jews and non-Jews working to build a memorial to the Palestinian Arab victims of the April 9, 1948 massacre at Deir Yassin, will unveil its first memorial in the United States on September 24th on the western shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York.
The Olive Tree
The bronze sculpture will depict a mature olive tree, a symbol of peace, uprooted in the Zionist quest to build a Jewish state upon land owned and long-inhabited by Muslim and Christian Palestinians. The tree's tortured, angular lines illustrate the many decades of Palestinian dispossession and dehumanization that began before 1948 and continue today. The extended branches add movement and drama; they appear dead and yet are still alive. The torn roots of the displaced olive tree are wrenched from the earth, root-remnants still entrenched, clinging to the motherland. Enjoying special status in holy books, people of all religions relate to the olive tree as a symbol of peace and enlightenment; it is mentioned six times in the Qur'an.