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Did you know about the 1929 massacre against Jews in Hebron?

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Hebron is an ancient and holy Jewish city, home to the burial site of the Jewish matriarchs and patriarchs. In 1929, the Jewish Sephardic/Mizrachi community had been living in Hebron continuously for over 800 years under various imperial powers, and the Jewish Ashkenazi community had roots there that went back at least a century.

In 1929 Arabs committed a massacre against the Jews living in Hebron, slaughtering 67 Jews and ransacking Jewish homes and synagogues. 19 heroic local Arab families saved 435 Jews by hiding them in their houses at great risk to themselves. All Jewish survivors were forcefully evacuated from their homes by British authorities.

This took place 19 years before Israel declared itself an independent State in 1948, and 38 years before the 1967 war, when Israel gained control of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).



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  • Eamon Early 2012/05/08 22:24:35
    Yes
    Eamon Early
    +8
    People always love to talk about effect and never cause. Once the victim, always the victim. Do Arabs harp on Israel's caste lead? Do Arabs harp on the 1994 slaying of Arabs by Zionist zealots? Do Americans cry over the USS liberty being Attacked by Israel or the Lavin Affair or King David Hotel boning by Israel?!! Why don't we ask a rabbi who experienced Palestine 1929?

    Hidden Hand Behind the Hebron 1929 Massacre

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    Written by Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, Principal of Bais Yaakov

    When I was in Hebron in 1929, there occurred the tragic massacre of over twenty yeshiva students, great scholars, plus another forty members of the Jewish community. I would like to describe the error that has circulated in Jewish communities – a horrible error, that accuses the Arabs in Hebron of being murderers who attacked the Jews simply because the Arabs were “bad people.” In order to correct the record, this error must be corrected. The Arabs were very friendly people, and the Jewish People in Hebron lived together with them and had very friendly relations with them. They worked for Jews, and everybody got along just fine.

    To take just one example, I used to have the habit of walking a mile or two out of town all by myself to visit a tree that was believed to be the tree where ...


























    People always love to talk about effect and never cause. Once the victim, always the victim. Do Arabs harp on Israel's caste lead? Do Arabs harp on the 1994 slaying of Arabs by Zionist zealots? Do Americans cry over the USS liberty being Attacked by Israel or the Lavin Affair or King David Hotel boning by Israel?!! Why don't we ask a rabbi who experienced Palestine 1929?

    Hidden Hand Behind the Hebron 1929 Massacre

     Hebron bridal dress
    Written by Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, Principal of Bais Yaakov

    When I was in Hebron in 1929, there occurred the tragic massacre of over twenty yeshiva students, great scholars, plus another forty members of the Jewish community. I would like to describe the error that has circulated in Jewish communities – a horrible error, that accuses the Arabs in Hebron of being murderers who attacked the Jews simply because the Arabs were “bad people.” In order to correct the record, this error must be corrected. The Arabs were very friendly people, and the Jewish People in Hebron lived together with them and had very friendly relations with them. They worked for Jews, and everybody got along just fine.

    To take just one example, I used to have the habit of walking a mile or two out of town all by myself to visit a tree that was believed to be the tree where our patriarch Abraham met the three angels, as described in Genesis. I especially enjoyed visiting the tree in the summertime. Along the way I would talk to the Arabs, though it was mostly using our hands because I didn’t speak any Arabic. Interestingly enough, no one in the yeshiva ever told me it was dangerous to go by myself among the Arabs. We just lived with them, and got along very well.

    I have also seen a letter from the Grand Rabbi of the Gerrer Hassidim of those days, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter of Poland, regarding his trip to the Holy Land during the days when people were talking about emigrating to Palestine. He wanted to find out what kind of people the Arabs of Palestine were, in order to be able to advise people whether to move there or not. He wrote in his letter that the Arabs were a very friendly and fine people.
    Therefore it’s necessary to set the record straight about the accusations that the Arabs were terrible killers who liked attacking Jews. This was never the situation at all!

    Today’s wicked Zionists are just like their predecessors, who were responsible for causing terrible suffering in Palestine with their wars with the Arabs, may G-d have mercy. At that time in 1929, the Zionists had a slogan arguing that the Western Wall in Jerusalem was a Jewish “national symbol.” Of course, the Arabs disagreed with this idea, considering that they had control of the location for over 1,100 years. However, the Zionist mobs were yelling that “The Wall is ours!” It’s hard to understand why they felt that way considering they have no connection to the Jewish holy places whatsoever. An argument erupted in the Jewish newspapers about establishing a permanent prayer area for Jews at the Wall. This provoked the Arabs, and the rabbi of Jerusalem at the time, Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld begged them to stop and to be appreciative to the Arabs for allowing Jews to pray at the Wall for so many centuries undisturbed. However, the Zionists wanted a permanent setup under their control.

    The Zionists refused to heed the calls of Rabbi Zonnenfeld, and they called a large meeting of Jews in Jerusalem – supposedly some 10,000 people showed up. One of the speakers was their “chief Rabbi” (Avraham Isaac Kook), who proclaimed, “Hear O Israel, the Wall is our Wall, the Wall is One” (which is a ridiculous pun on the blessing, “Hear O Israel, the Lord your G-d, the Lord is One”). This began the conflict at the time between the Zionists and the Arabs.
    Afterwards, we were studying at the yeshiva in Hebron, and saw a bunch of boys in short pants carrying weapons on bicycles and motorcycles, running around the streets of Hebron. We were very worried about this. What were they up to?

    In brief, our rabbi, the supervisor of our religious academy, Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein, called them for a meeting, but they refused. He was forced to go over to them, and asked them what they were up to. He accused them of wanting to provoke the Arabs. They responded that they were coming to protect us!! We cried out, “Woe is us! G-d have mercy!” They didn’t want to leave town until it was too late!

    These arrogant cowards only ran away when the local leaders of the Arabs called for a mass meeting of the people of the surrounding Arab villages. But it was too late; the Arabs got organized, and the Mufti called on his people to be ready Friday night when the yeshiva would be attending prayers. Of course, the yeshiva itself was anti-Zionist, but the Arabs didn’t know to distinguish between us and the Zionists. Sadly they attacked and killed some of our people, including the great scholar, Rabbi Shmuel Rosenhaltz.

    The next morning we heard about the excitement in town, and even worse, we heard the crying and shouting. I and a friend, Avraham Ushpener, lived in an apartment that was part of a three-story building leased by a Jew from an Arab. We could hear all the noise from our apartment on the third floor. We were terrified to let the Arabs in because we knew how angry they had become, but a while later things calmed down. In total, some 65 people were killed. On the other side of town, however, the Jews were spared.

    Why am I telling this story? It is because I wanted to describe how the wicked Zionists, both today and in those days, were the cause of our suffering! They cooperated with the Nazis, and our religion teaches that a person who causes someone to sin is worse than someone who kills him.

    It reminds me of an event recounted by Rabbi Moshe Schonfeld, who once visited Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz {Chazon Ish) when the Zionist state was established, and when there was fighting between the Zionists and the Arabs. Rabbi Schonfeld told Rabbi Karelitz about what was happening. Rabbi Karelitz told him that the crimes of the Zionists were much worse, because they were wicked heretics who were uprooting hundreds of thousands of Jews from their faith and that is much greater pain since our Sages stated that a person who causes another person to sin is much worse than if he kills him.
    In our own days there is a Zionist leader (Begin), whose arrogance and selfishness is more important than anything else to him, and for which he is prepared to sacrifice hundreds and thousands of Jews. These heretics and evildoers, this Zionist leader of a state that killed the Judaism of the Yemenite and Moroccan Jews, and of many other Sephardic Jews! This is the work of these thugs and gangsters. And there are religious Jewish parties who dare to state that they love this man?! Everyone must know that the anger of the Arabs against us is only caused by the Zionists!

    Written by Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, Principal of Bais Yaakov
    The Arabs were a friendly people to us, and I am a witness to it. We lived very well with them in Hebron. Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Gerrer Rebbe, attested to this as well, and it is the accursed Zionists who caused them to hate us. The Zionists dare to use their power to expel the Arabs, and even today in Lebanon, they kill and butcher the Arabs; they wipe out whole villages with the airplanes they get from the United States.
    Everyone should know who the murderers are – the Zionists are the biggest murderers in the world, who refuse to let the Jewish People live in peace either physically or spiritually!”


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  • offline fuzzy K... 2012/05/14 18:54:35
    offline
    then obviously you have been there and see it with your own eyes .....but yet you think you are the authority on middle east relations .......tell you what put on a uniform go there your self then i might take serious what u have to say. other then that you are fox news mouth piece.
  • fuzzy K... offline 2012/05/14 20:44:51
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    I notice you don't reply to the points I make. You make a statement, I discredit or disprove it and you don't defend what you said.
    Why is that?
    Now you go onto personal attacks?
    If you can't defend what you post then maybe your mindset is flawed. Have you considered that?

    (BTW: Why does every liberal think that I watch Fox? FYI the only TV news I watch in NY1. I prefer to read from a multitude of sources. Try it sometime.)
  • offline fuzzy K... 2012/05/15 18:19:34
    offline
    no because i don't argue with narrow minded people ...you have a good day! because i will.
  • fuzzy K... offline 2012/05/15 19:53:14
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Narrow minded? I'm not the one posting indefensible BS and then calling the other person names.
  • logan.m... fuzzy K... 2012/11/24 14:42:12
    logan.macdonald.568
    Try Fox news, pretty sure OReilly and Glenn Beck start looking younger when Palis die, they feed on their souls you know.
  • fuzzy K... logan.m... 2012/11/26 15:05:52
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Have another 'shroom or hit on the bong.
  • logan.m... fuzzy K... 2012/11/24 14:28:12
    logan.macdonald.568
    Yeah, non believers dont refer to Jews or Christians, it refers to the same people the Bible says to hate, everyone else.
  • fuzzy K... logan.m... 2012/11/26 15:07:02
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    LOL!
  • offline Boetica 2012/05/11 13:54:56
    offline
    +1
    and so was the bush family just before we entered WW2, if you ready you would know this ( prescot bush)....quick to judge slow to research and read.
  • fuzzy K... offline 2012/05/14 14:12:17
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Perhaps you should do a little more reading.
    The Bush/Nazi link is incredibly weak. Are you aware that Fritz Thyssen himself was arrested and jailed by the Nazis?
  • logan.m... fuzzy K... 2012/11/24 14:43:37
    logan.macdonald.568
    Not that weak, Prescott was documented as being a big fan, course it was the trendy thing to do at the time.
  • fuzzy K... logan.m... 2012/11/26 15:53:39
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    So then, what's your point?
  • Lilac T... offline 2012/05/08 21:15:05
    Lilac Templar de Tremelay
    +1
    Wait until the religion of pieces comes for you...
  • Tim Upham offline 2012/05/08 21:19:34
    Tim Upham
    +1
    If people learn about the Armenian Genocide of World War I, they will find out how it was a verbatim to World War II. Human suffering, injustice, and genocide does not recognize skin color. Cambodia (yellow), Rwanda (black), Roma (white), and Native Americans (red).
  • burlbarer 2012/05/08 20:07:35
    No
    burlbarer
    hum a few bars to remind me.
    Bless those 19 heroic Arab families. That is where our attention should focus.
    Calling them Arabs, however, is peculiar. Arabs are people who live in, or come from, Arab (non Iran) nations. Over half of the Jews in Israel are Arab.
  • Tim Upham burlbarer 2012/05/08 21:13:27
    Tim Upham
    +1
    If Israel can have the Avenue of the Righteous Gentile at Yad Vashem, then it can have a memorial for the 19 Arab families that came to the aid of the Jews at Hebron. It gets difficult to how to precisely define Arab. Because the people of Egypt are not Arab. They are Hamites, who took on Arab language and religion. So because they have, we will define them as Arab. It is like the people of Latin America. The vast majority of them are Indians, who took on the language and religion of Spain. So we will define them as Hispanic, which comes from Hispania. Hispania was the Roman name for Spain, when it was a part of the Roman Empire. So we can learn from history, to understand our present.
  • fuzzy K... Tim Upham 2012/05/08 21:24:46
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Too bad the memorial to those brave families can't be in Hebron as well. It's now a part of the West Bank.
  • Tim Upham fuzzy K... 2012/05/09 05:52:03
    Tim Upham
    It does not mean that a memorial cannot be placed in Hebron. It does not make any difference that it is in territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority. When Israel withdrew from Hebron, Palestinians destroyed the Tomb of the Patriarchs, then quickly rebuilt it, and said Jews can come here and worship. It shows how much hysterical emotion has ruled the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The emotions of hysteria and stupidity.
  • logan.m... fuzzy K... 2012/11/24 14:46:04
    logan.macdonald.568
    Half and half, check your geography, survirors went back and grabbed a hold in the 60s.
  • Lilac T... burlbarer 2012/05/08 21:16:45
    Lilac Templar de Tremelay
    Jews are not Arab.
  • logan.m... burlbarer 2012/11/24 14:44:46
    logan.macdonald.568
    Yeah, dont tell them that, I dont think they appreciate it much.
  • Dorian SomethingUnique 2012/05/08 20:06:47
    No
    Dorian SomethingUnique
    +1
    But the ones in Romania in the second world war? But the ones in Russia before the first world war?
  • Tim Upham Dorian ... 2012/05/08 21:23:35
    Tim Upham
    They have a memorial in downtown Kishinev to commemorate the pogrom of 1903.
  • MDMA 2012/05/08 20:06:22
    No
    MDMA
    must be why the jews are seriously punishing arabs now in palestine
  • olylift 2012/05/08 20:03:27
    No
    olylift
    I guess my question is, what would you like me to do about it?
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/08 20:40:57
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +1
    The whole point of this is that Arab hatred and barbarity towards Jews predates "the occupation". Next time you hear "the occupation" used as an excuse you will know that it's BS.
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/08 20:53:28
    olylift
    Jews and Arabs have fought forever, anyone who denies that is an idiot. This wasn't right, and neither was the occupation of their land. They're both wrong.
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/08 21:01:19
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +1
    Who's land? 50% of the Arabs who lived in Palestine STAYED when it became Israel. Prior to the founding of Israel the area was ruled by the Brits, the Turks, Syria, Egypt, The Romans, the Greeks and many others but there was NEVER a Palestinian nation. No Palestinian ruler, coin or government.
    Palestine is a territory, NOT a nationality or ethnicity.
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/08 21:04:45
    olylift
    Thank God I took an anthropology class.So what of the rights of the indigenous population?
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/08 21:21:23
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    How many years does a group need to live in an area before you define them as "indigenous"?
    Jews have consistently lived in Israel/Palestine for thousands of years. They even ruled for hundreds of those years.
    The area has a long history of migration and immigration. When the Zionists came Palestine was sparsely populated. The Zionists bought a great deal of land from the Arab owners and revitalized the economy. That brought a huge influx of Arabs from all over the Middle East looking for opportunity.
    Yassir Arafat himself was from Egypt. He said that a "Palestinian" was any Arab living in the region prior to 1946.
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/08 21:28:49
    olylift
    There is no set amount of time to define a people as indigenous. The fact is they were there. It doesn't matter what political power ruled over them, or who sold their land. To say because of those things that they lost their rights is ignorant. Using that logic, do you condone the cleansing of ethnic minorities in Africa?
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/08 21:48:30
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    "The fact is they were there." - So were a great deal of the Jews who became Israeli in 1948. Who has more rights? A Jew who emigrated in 1920 from Europe or an Arab who emigrated that same year from Yemen or Syria?
    The only people who lost anything were those who chose to listen to Egyptian radio and flee their home in order to not be in the way of the armies of seven Arab countries. Most of the refugees never even saw an Israeli soldier.
    No other group of refugees has ever been left refugees for this long. Why is that? Why do the Arab nations who took in the Palestinians keep them in camps to this day rather than let them assimilate? It's not as if there is a cultural or physical difference.
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/08 22:03:33
    olylift
    Those who had been there historically, which includes both jews and muslims. The jews they moved in during the 1948 mandate are in the wrong.
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/08 22:27:57 (edited)
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    One group of refugees is wrong and another is right?

    How does one determine which is wrong or right? Where is the cut off? Should we all go back to where our families were in 1948?
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/08 22:32:53
    olylift
    STOP and think. I'm not making this a jew vs arab thing. That's a totally different situation. I'm saying the rights of those who were there before, jew or arab, were violated when outsiders decided the fate of their land. Those people were not given a voice to speak. Even you will agree with this.
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/09 13:38:13
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    The people living there did not have self rule for hundreds of years. The Arabs, never did. They did have a chance at it back in 1948 but chose to go to war to try to get all of the region instead.

    If you truly believe that it was unfair when outsiders decided the fate of their land then why start with Israel? Why not start in your own town? I'm sure another group had that territory before. Maybe Native Americans or Mexicans?
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/09 15:25:13
    olylift
    Are you jewish?
  • fuzzy K... olylift 2012/05/09 21:11:27 (edited)
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Yes. Are you?

    Regardless, if you feel for the rights of those who were there before the immigrants arrived then why not practice what you preach. Turn over your home to the people who used to live there before the white man came.

    Let me know how that works out.
  • olylift fuzzy K... 2012/05/09 23:31:51
    olylift
    +1
    I knew a jewish man who's family had been there for many years, long before any of this had ever happened. He told me how the fighting was silly, and how the "new jews" didn't respect the jews who had lived there peacefully with their arab counterparts.

    Now I highly doubt you claim the same lineage as he; most jews that I have come into contact with are of german/russian descent. It's absurd to assert giving a whole country over, and that's not what I'm advocating. But to shut out their opinion is wrong. In America, we have taken measures to assist the native population. They have their reservations, and anyone who is of their descent can go to college for free. What has Israel done for it's natives?
  • logan.m... fuzzy K... 2012/11/24 14:58:10
    logan.macdonald.568
    We killed off and moved most of the peoples of our contintent, and personally I would like them to get something back, but never gonna happen. Which is the main thing the UN criticizes Canada fro, and Hawai is legally considered occupied territory. Why would you decide to split something in half when you were 8to1, David Ben Gorian himself said they would be insane to take the deal.

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