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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Chevron Pogrom of August 1929

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18 AV 1929
From the Memorial Book of the Jewish Community of Hebron:

On Friday morning, the day of the outbreak in Jerusalem, the Jews of Hebron were already alarmed. The day before, Aref el-Aref, Arab Governor of Be'ersheva, had been in the City and had preached in the Mosque (Ha' Machpelah). His words were repeated to the Jews; in the midst of open incitement to riot recurred those familiar and sinister words: ``The Government is with us!''

The visit of Aref el-Aref to Hebron on Thursday bore very early fruit. On Friday morning the Jews of Hebron received, from an Arab source, the news that the Arabs were arming. Rabbi Ya'acov Slonim, head of the Sephardic Jewish community, and Rabbi Frank, head of the Ashkenazic community, turned to the Arab Governor of Hebron, Abdullah Kardos. The Governor calmed us and said: ``There is no fear of anything happening. The British Government knows what it has to do. In the place where two soldiers are needed, it sends six.'' And he added: ``I tell you in confidence that they have many soldiers in the streets, in civilian clothes; these soldiers circulate among the crowds, and in the hour of need they will fulfill their duty.''

On Friday afternoon, an Arab mob broke into the Yeshiva, and killed the only student who had remained there - Samuel Rozenholtz, known among the Jews of Hebron as a matmid, a name given to those who distinguish themselves by their devotion to study. On Saturday morning, before the slaughter began, the Rabbis again appealed to the Governor for help. Again they received the same astounding assurances. Bewildered, they turned to Mr. Cafferata, the British officer in charge of the Police. From him, too, they received assurances of safety. I find such difficulty in believing this story, that I have looked at every record of eyewitnesses, without finding a contradiction.

For two hours on the morning of Saturday, August 24, there raged in Hebron a scene which is not easy to parallel even in the medieval annals of the Jewish people. For two hours neither the Governor of Hebron nor the British officer interfered.

-amshinover lives in amshinov plus or minus a week


  • At 8/10/2005 1:17 PM, Blogger Shragie said…

    Same old. A cow may experience pain and the world is up in arms. Jews get slaughtered and the world doesn't interfere.

  • At 8/10/2005 1:50 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said…

    Amshi: Where'd you get the book from? I have the one that Rechavam Zeevi wrote, but I haven't seen it online anywhere.

    As Meir Kahana said - the world loves dead Jews.

  • At 8/10/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger AMSHINOV said…


  • At 8/10/2005 1:55 PM, Blogger Shragie said…

    >As Meir Kahana said - the world loves dead Jews.

    may I be so bold as to correct Rabbi Kahane.

    The world prefers dead Jews

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  • At 8/10/2005 1:59 PM, Blogger AMSHINOV said…

    rav y.eibshutz asked "why did yakov avenu,circumcise shchem before levi and shimon killed them?"he answered "bec.once they are jews no one will give a damn,if they are killed"

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