And the Band Played On...
"On April 2, 1920, the Yorkshire
Regiment Band played for the Nebi Mussa procession in Jerusalem. ... On
Sunday, April 4, the first day of Chol Hamoed Pesach (the
was Friday night, the 2nd) the Arabs rioted, encouraged by certain
British officials and military officers:..."
Palestine Arab Riots 1920-21
(No Date. Possibly 2012)
"The first Arab riots of the Mandate period took place in
Jerusalem in the intermediary days of Passover, in March 1920 ('Bloody
Passover'). ... The British military authorities did not intervene in
the Arab attacks, while Vladimir Jabotinsky and other Jews were arrested
for organising a self-defense league..."
Hebron Massacre of the Ancient Jewish Community by
Arab Killers in 1929
(08 June 2011)
"In 1929, 67 Jews were brutally
murdered by their Arab neighbours. The ancient Star of David carved at
[the] entrance to what is now an Arab home, is a stamp of the ancient
Jewish community that once lived there..."
They Stuck a Sword Down His Wife's Throat: A
Hebron Schoolgirl Amid the Arab Riots, 1929
"Devorah Schneersohn was born in
Hebron, one of the holy cities of Judaism, 1916, ... Here's her
eyewitness account of the bloody Arab riots that occurred in Hebron in
Palestine Arab Riots 1929
(No Date. Possibly 2011)
"On August 22, 1929 the leaders of the Yishuv met with the
British Deputy High Commissioner to alert him of their fears of a large
Arab riot. The British officials assured them that the government was in
control of the situation. The following day the Riots of 1929 erupted
throughout the Palestine Mandate, lasting for seven days. ... Arab mobs
attacked Jews in Jerusalem, Motza, Hebron, Safed, Jaffa, and other parts
of the country..."
Remembering the Jewish Massacres in Mandate
(28 December 2010)
"As Israelis and Arabs struggles with
a twenty-first century peace process, the world must face the forgotten
history that was so pivotal in determining the present crisis..."
Anti-Jewish Violence in Pre-State Palestine / 1929
Massacres (23 August 2009)
violence against Jews is often alleged to have begun with the
establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 or as a result of Israel's
capture in 1967 of territories occupied by Jordan. But even before the
Mandate for Palestine was assigned to Great Britain by the Allies at the
San Remo Conference (April 1920) and endorsed by the League of Nations
(July 1922), Palestinian Arabs were carrying out organized attacks
against Jewish communities in Palestine. Systematic violence began in
The May Day Massacre of 1921
(03 May 2009)
"There's no telling where the final ideological resting place of
intellectually restless Yosef Haim Brenner - one of the Second Aliya
luminaries and founding giants of modern Hebrew literature - would have
been had he not been slain before reaching his 40th birthday. ...
Nothing was irrevocably predetermined when Arab marauders took his life
on May 2, 1921..."
How Hebron Became Occupied Territory
(29 December 2007)
"Hebron (Chevron in Hebrew) was the first piece of land
ever purchased by the Jews in Israel. Approximately 38 centuries ago,
Avraham, our forefather, purchased a cave in Chevron to bury his beloved
wife Sarah. Jews have owned land in the city pretty much from then till
now. In 1929, all that changed..."
Hebron 1929: The Untold Story
"In 1929, Hebron, and ancient, peaceful community of Jews was
attacked by a group of Arab rioters. To this day, many Jews throughout
the world know little of the suffering endured by Hebron's Sephardic
inhabitants during that pogrom..."
Move the Jews
(26 March 2005)
"The Arab violence in Hebron was one of the worst atrocities in
the modern history of Israel. ... By the end of the riot, during which
the British police did nothing to protect the Jews or stop the violence,
sixty-seven Jews were dead and hundreds wounded. The survivors were
isolated in a police station for three days while the Arabs rampaged
through their houses, stealing and destroying Jewish property,
unmolested by the British authorities..."
The Hebron Massacre of 1929
(No Date. Possibly 1999)
"For some time, the 800 Jews in Hebron lived in peace with their
tens of thousands of Arab neighbours. But on the night of August 23,
1929, the tension simmering within this cauldron of nationalities
bubbled over, and for three days, Hebron turned into a city of terror
and murder. By the time the massacres ended, 67 Jews lay dead and the
survivors were relocated to Jerusalem, leaving Hebron barren of Jews for
the first time in hundreds of years..."
Pre-State Israel: The 1936 Arab Riots
In April 1936, "six prominent Arab leaders overcame their
rivalries and joined forces ... The Arab High Command, as the group was
known, was led by the Mufti Haj Ammin al-Husseini, ... [They] began
their protest by calling for a general strike of Arab workers and a
boycott of Jewish products. These actions swiftly escalated into
terrorist attacks against the Jews and the British..."
Pre-State Israel: Arab Riots of the 1920s
"The Arabs found rioting to be a very effective political tool
because the British attitude toward violence against Jews, and their
response to the riots, encouraged more outbreaks of violence. In each
riot, the British would make little or no effort to prevent the Arabs
from attacking the Jews..."
Britain, Haj Husseini and the Arab Riots of 1920
In 1920, "Easter coincided with the
Moslem festival of Nebi Musa. Its celebration included a procession
starting in Jerusalem, where the crowd was ... told to fall on the Jews
... all but a remnant of the Jewish regiments that had helped liberate
Palestine had been disbanded ... the few remaining soldiers were
confined to camp ... On the day of the outbreak, all British troops and
Jewish police had been removed from the Old City; only Arab policemen
were left. The mob in the Old City, armed with clubs and knives, first
looted shops. then it caught and beat up or killed Jews and raped Jewish
women ... The Court of Enquiry ... summed up: 'The Jews were the victims
of a peculiarly brutal and cowardly attack, the majority of the
casualties being old men, women and children'. Zeev Jabotinsky and
Pinchas Rutenberg had in the preceding days hastily organised a Jewish
self-defence unit. Their way into the Old City was barred at the gates
by British troops..."
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