...The unrest among the Arabs of Hebron was very strong,
particularly after the motor cars began to arrive from Jerusalem with
news of disturbances.
Incitement of feeling against the Jews goes on, particularly
round Jerusalem and Hebron. Rumors are being spread by unknown
persons that on Saturday last the Jews cursed the Moslem religion and
that it is the duty of Moslems to take revenge.
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
But that promise was never backed up with action...
Friday night August 23rd, Rabbi Ya’acov Slonim’s son invited any
fearful Jews to stay in his house. The Rabbi was highly regarded in the
community, and he had a gun. Many Jews took him up on this offer, and
many Jews were eventually murdered in his home
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.
early as 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, Arabs began to
gather en masse. They came in mobs, armed with clubs, knives and axes.
While the women and children threw stones, the men ransacked Jewish
houses and destroyed Jewish property. With only a single police officer
in Hebron, the Arabs entered Jewish courtyards with no opposition.
Rabbi Slonim, who had tried to shelter the Jewish population, was
approached by the rioters and offered a deal. If all the Ashkenazi
yeshiva students were given over to the Arabs, the rioters would spare
the lives of the Sephardi community. Rabbi Slonim refused to turn over
the students and was killed on the spot. In the end, 12 Sephardi Jews
and 55 Ashkenazi Jews were murdered.
On hearing screams in a room I went up a sort of tunnel
passage and saw an Arab in the act of cutting off a child's head with a
sword. He had already hit him and was having another cut, but on seeing
me he tried to aim the stroke at me, but missed; he was practically on
the muzzle of my rifle. I shot him low in the groin. Behind him was a
Jewish woman smothered in blood with a man I recognized as a[n Arab]
police constable named Issa Sherif from Jaffa in mufti. He was standing
over the woman with a dagger in his hand. He saw me and bolted into a
room close by and tried to shut me out-shouting in Arabic, "Your Honor, I
am a policeman." ... I got into the room and shot him." (Bernard
Wasserstein, The British in Palestine: The Mandatory Government and the
Arab-Jewish Conflict 1917-1929, Oxford England, Basil Blackwell, 1991) Now let me tell you about the massacre. Right after eight
o'clock in the morning we heard screams. Arabs had begun breaking into
Jewish homes. The screams pierced the heart of the heavens. We didn't
know what to do. Our house had two floors. We were downstairs and a
doctor lived on the second floor.We figured that we would be safe in the
doctor's apartment, but how could we get up there? The stairs were on
the outside of the building, but it wasn't safe to go out. So we
chopped through the ceiling and that way we climbed up to the doctor's
house. Well, after being there only a little while, we realized that we
were still in danger because by that time the Arabs had almost reached
our house. They were going from door to door, slaughtering everyone
who was inside. The screams and the moans were terrible. People were
crying Help! Help! But what could we do? There were thirty‑three of us.
Soon, soon, all of us would be lost. Letter of a Survivor
Read on further by clicking here for an explanation of how this is much like the situation and promises of the United Nations today and how our more "liberal jews" and military leaders like Moshe Dayan in the 1960's do not help either and try to play politics because they are strategically weak at the Yid With Lid. Thank you so much Jeff for compiling this information. Too often we hear about how before the state of Israel that the Arabs and Jews supposedly got along. Hebron is often mentioned, but Jeff Dunetz has links to sources!!!!! My one criticism is the plaque at the end of the post that makes the claim that the Muslims were not behaving "in accordance with the commandments of the Koran". Whoever wrote that plaque had never read that book. I remember the Khaibar!