The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when Zionist paramilitaries, on the eve of Israel declaring independence, attacked the Palestinian village and killed over one hundred villagers, including women and children. The attack, aimed at breaking Arab morale, created terror within the Palestinian community and many in surrounding villages fled their homes and have been barred from returning ever since.

Dina Elmuti, a graduate student in the Masters in Social Work program at Southern Illinois University, at Carbondale, recalls the home her grandmother was driven from, in this article from Window Into Palestine.