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#TodayInHistory #OTD 1929: 67 Jews murdered in #Hebron, second holy city of Judaism, ending 3000 years of Jewish presence.
False rumors and inflammatory sermons in mosques in the previous weeks had already caused Jewish deaths and wounded in the Old City of #Jerusalem.
The Jewish community of Hebron was around 700 people out of 20,000.
False rumors of a massacre of Arabs in Jerusalem spread by infamous Mufti of Jerusalem Amin Al-Husseini, who would be the host of Hitler during WW II, triggered the #pogrom in Hebron.
The killings started on the 23rd, with the attack by a mob of the Hebron Yeshiva.
On the 24th morning, a mob started attacking Jewish homes, murdering, raping and beating Jewish residents.
The British police, expecting reinforcements that never came, did little to stop the massacre. 9 Arabs died in the attacks and the police action. 67 Jews were meanwhile murdered, synagogues desecrated, a Jewish hopital serving both Jews and Arabs was destroyed.
Finally, British police reinforcement arrived and stopped the massacre. Two Arabs, found guilty of murder, were sentenced to death.
The Jewish survivors of the pogrom were all transferred to Jerusalem, ending 3000 years of continuous Jewish presence in Hebron.

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Jul 28, 2018
Today in history, 1885: Death of philantropist Moses Haim Montefiore in Ramsgate, England, at age 100. Born in Leghorn, Italy, on 24 October 1784, where his parents were on a business journey, they returned to England afterwards. He devoted most of his life to philanthropy.
In 1840, during the Damascus Blood Libel affair, he went to the sultan of the Ottoman Empire in order to liberate the ten Jews falsely accused of murder.
He started a movement considered as a precursor of Zionism by improving living conditions in the Holy Land.
In 1860, the first neighborhood outside the Old City of Jerusalem was built at his initiative, Mishkenot Sha'ananim.
He built a windmill to provide cheap flour for the poor in a second neighborhood, later named Yemin Moshe in his honor, now a landmark of Jerusalem.
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