If you don’t understand the Hebron massacre of 1929, you don’t truly understand the conflict in the Middle East. What is the nature of the conflict between Muslims and the Jews in the Holyland? It is a 100% religious conflict and not a land conflict.
Jews of Hebron
Hebron was the first capital of the Jewish Kingdom, established by King David, before he moved the capital to Jerusalem.
Jews lived there consecutively for 3,500 years, until the Muslims massacred us in 1929.
On August 23, 1929, the Muslim Arabs attacked the Jews of Hebron as well as many other Jewish communities across the land of Israel. But in Hebron it was particularly vicious. While some Muslim neighbors helped their Jewish neighbors, many others participated in the bloody massacre. They slaughtered Jews with knives, machetes and anything else available they were able to mutilate the Jews with.
The massacre lasted for two murderous days. It was the end of a particularly dangerous week for Jews under the British Mandate. Muslim Arabs attacked and killed their Jewish neighbors across the entire land.
At the end of a week of violence, 133 Jews were dead from Muslim violence. But there were also 110 Arabs killed, nearly all of by British security forces.
However, the worst violence took place in Hebron. At the time, it was a city of 21,000 residents, of whom some 700 were Jewish and the remainder Muslims. One of the reasons the massacre was so devestating in Hebron is because the British commander in charge stood by and let the massacre happen right before his eyes.
Jewish eyewitnesses recall running after the British commander riding on his horse, while they were being chased and butchered by their Muslim neighbors. The British commander did nothing, and the British troops let the massacre continue for two straight days without intervening to stop it.
Sixty-seven Jews were killed and 60 were wounded in Hebron. The Jewish community was destroyed. When the massacre was finished, the British made all the survivors leave because they did not want to protect them.
What Ignited the Massacre?
As today, the Muslim religious leaders spread lies and fabricated pictures that the Jews were destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This instigated Muslims across the country to start attacking innocent Jews, in the streets and in their homes.
In Hebron that evening, armed Muslims broke into the famous Hebron Yeshiva (Talmudic academy) and murdered the lone student they found studying there. The next day, an enraged Arab mob wielding knives, axes and iron bars destroyed the Yeshiva and slaughtered the rest of the students there. A delegation of Jewish residents on their way to the police station was lynched by an Arab mob. The mob then proceeded to massacre Hebron’s Jews, who had lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbors for years.
The Holy Rabbi of Hebron
The head of Hebron’s Ashkenazi community, Rabbi Ya’akov Slonim, had been on good terms with his Muslim colleagues and offered his home as a refuge to Hebron’s Jews. He believed that they would be spared. But the Muslim mob broke in and killed the Rabbi, members of his family and all those assembled there, all while they were gathered for the Sabbath meal.
Muslim Eye-Witness to the Massacre
Lesson to be Learned?
Even when we live in peace and neighborly relations for centuries, the religious demon in Islam can raise its head. Then, in a frenzy of religious fervor, they can whip up the Muslim masses to murder Jews. This is a reality that many people today ignore or don’t even want to know. But it is the reality and we can’t ignore it.