British clergyman and professor of mineralogy E.D. Clarke visited Jaffa in 1801 and spoke to the English consul there and wrote: "He had just ventured again to hoist the British flag upon the roof of his dwelling and he told us, with tears in his eyes, that it was the only proof of welcome he could offer to us, as the French officers under Buonaparte had stripped him of everything he possessed. However in the midst of all his complaints against the French, not a single syllable ever escaped his lips respecting the enormities supposed to have been committed by means of Buonaparte's orders or connivance, in the town and neighbourhood of Jaffa. As there are so many living witnesses to attest to the truth of this representation and the character of no ordinary individual is so much implicated in its result, the utmost attention will be paid here to every particular likely to illustrate the fact; and for this special reason, because that individual is our enemy. At the time we were at Jaffa, so soon after the supposed transactions are said to have occurred, the indignation of our Consul, and of the inhabitants in general, against the French was of so deep a nature that there is nothing they would not have said to vilify Buonaparte, or his officers: but this accusation they never even hinted." Clarke mentions the testimony of a naval captain Culverhouse: "Captain Culverhouse then, before the whole company present, expressed his astonishment at the industrious propagation of a story concerning the murder of the prisoners of war, of which the inhabitants of Jaffa were ignorant and whereof he had never heard a syllable until his arrival in England." According to the story of the massacre, the inhabitants of Jaffa had been forced by the French to bury the bodies of the executed prisoners.
Nathan Schur. Napoleon in the Holy Land. Stackpole, 1999.