1929 Hebron Massacre
The common (false) narrative is that Arabs have been attacking Jews since 1948, as a result of Jews ‘coming from Europe’ post-Holocaust. In reality, Arab violence against Jews in Palestine had been occurring for over a hundred years. There exists official terror attack statistics since the 1860s.
How does most Arab terrorism against Jews begin? Almost every intifada and coordinated terrorist attack has been propelled through propaganda and incitement. Both of which were present in 1929, especially in Hebron, Israel.
Hebron is an integral biblical city located within Judea, and is one of the four holy cities (the others being Tzfat, Tiberias, and Jerusalem). Jewish matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Leah) and patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) are buried in Hebron within the Cave of the Patriarchs (Mearat-Hamachpelah), and the first Jewish land purchase thousands of years ago occurred in Hebron. The Cave of the Patriarchs sits underneath a first century BCE Herodian stone building, the only full structure remaining from King Herod’s reign.
Jews have always lived in Hebron. More recently, during the 16th century, exiled Spanish Jews arrived and built several synagogues. In the beginning of the 19th century, Chabad Hassidic Jews followed, as well as several Turkish Jewish families. In 1929, there were approximately 1500 Jews in the city.
Driven by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem’s lies that Jews were ‘endangering’ Muslim holy sites, on a Shabbat in 1929, Arabs armed with axes, knives, and pitchforks attacked the Jewish residents, murdering 67 people. Instead of punishing the Arabs, the British, who were occupying Palestine at the time, kicked out all the Jews. It took until the Israeli victory and liberation of Judea & Samaria from Jordan in 1967 to return Jews to the ancient Jewish city.
“It began on Friday afternoon when Arabs attacked Jews with clubs and murdered a yeshiva student. The next morning, joined by local villagers, Arabs swarmed through Hebron screaming “Kill the Jews.” They broke into the home of Eliezer Dan Slonim, where many Jews had gathered for safety. There they wielded knives and axes to murder 22 innocents. In the Anglo-Palestine Bank, where 23 corpses were discovered, blood covered the tile floor. That day, three children under the age of five were murdered. Teenage girls, their mothers and grandmothers were raped and killed. Rabbis and their students were castrated before they were slain. A surviving yeshiva student recounted that he “had seen greater horrors than Dante in hell.”
When the slaughter finally subsided, 67 Jews had been murdered.