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August 25, 2016 11:47 am

Netanyahu on 87th Anniversary of Hebron Massacre: Gone Are Days of Jewish Defenselessness in Face of Arab Terrorism

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The Jews of Hebron today. Photo: Jewish Community of Hebron spokesman's office.

The Jews of Hebron today. Photo: Jewish Community of Hebron spokesman’s office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a defiant statement to mark the somber anniversary of the 1929 Hebron Massacre.

On his Facebook page on Thursday, he wrote (in Hebrew):

This week 87 years ago, 67 Jews were murdered in a massacre perpetrated by an incited Arab mob in the Jewish community in Hebron. This attack lasted for hours, during which Jews were murdered, raped and robbed — while the British authorities stood idly by. We were helpless and defenseless.

87 years have passed, and Jewish settlement in Hebron has intensified and grown stronger under Israeli sovereignty. Jews from all around the world visit the Cave of the Patriarchs, “Beit Hadassah” and the ancient cemetery in Hebron. They are excited to encounter, up close, our deep roots here in the land of Israel.

The days in which we were massacred without being able to defend ourselves are gone, never to return. In the face of those who would uproot us, we will continue to deepen those roots.


An image from the 1929 Hebron Massacre. Photo: Wikipedia.

Netanyahu was referring to the 1929 Hebron Massacre, which began on Friday night, August 23, and lasted throughout Saturday. Sparked by the incitement of Arab leaders — in what was then British Mandatory Palestine – that the Jews were planning to seize control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, angry Arabs surrounded the Jewish community. Armed with clubs, knives and axes, they went on a bloody rampage, killing, maiming and destroying homes and synagogues.

This event would become part of the 1929 riots throughout Palestine.

The current Palestinian “lone-wolf intifada,” which began last September – and has been characterized chiefly by stabbings and car-rammings – was also spurred by claims that Israel was attempting to take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. These are accusations that the Israeli government continues vehemently to deny.

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  • stevenl

    It is easier to fight Muslim antisemitism than the Western antisemitism!

  • Dani

    I agree with Rachel Cohen. Israel is not as strong as we like to believe and it cannot always freely act against terror. There are powerful counties near by and far away from Israel that prevent Israel´s free retaliation against our enemies.

  • nat cheiman

    Try that again and see what happens

  • The scripts and teachings of Christianity and the words of Jesus to love thy enemy as you love yourself, and turn the other cheek are NOT valid any longer. If you fight a savage then you have to use the same savagery to defeat them. Otherwise they just think that you are weak and you will loose before you even start. Political Correctness is anti civilization, anti Jewish,anti Christian and anti civilization and it is rascict in the extreme. It belongs in the trash can. ‘Political Correctness’ has become a tool of the bad guys to make the good guys think that they are the bad guys!!!

    • stevenl

      PC is a product from USSR! Just like the “Palestinian people”!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Let the truth be told: Am Israel Hai v’Kayam! The nation of Israel is alive and well!

  • ART

    The world must be reminded that Jews owned property in Judea and Samaria pre 1948. Some ownership went back generations, some was legally purchased under Ottoman or British law. Jews still have a right to these lands. Jews were forced out of Judea and Samaria by the Jordanians their lands confiscated

  • Rachel Cohen

    Netanyahu–is wrong. Most of the Jewish people of Israel are still allowing Arab Muslim terrorists to commit acts of terror against them–and are encouraging, funding and otherwise promoting more and greater acts of Islamic terrorism. What a godless disgrace. King David would not have allowed the evil which Israeli Jews do today. They not only allow it–they celebrate it, fund it and otherwise promote it.

    • Rachel Cohen

      Typical for a politician to pretend the state of the nation is better than it truly is.