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November 1921 "riots" - AKA gruesome Arab-Islamic savagery

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Submitted by Lea (United States), Feb 10, 2023 at 17:32

November 1921 "riots" - AKA gruesome Arab-Islamic savagery


One of the most gruesome episodes in the "Jaffa riots" took place in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem in November 1921. A crowd attacked Jewish residents with edged weapons, as Martin van Creveld wrote, "though the assailants possessed hardly any firearms, they compensated with edged weapons; eyes were gouged out, breasts and testicles cut off, and the like." It was noted that many of the corpses had been found with signs of particularly brutal attacks, including multiple broken skulls and dozens of wounds, which would seem to indicate the extreme anger of the perpetrators. There was no differentiation between victims, whether Zionist or non-Zionist, Arabspeaking or European, religious or secular.

Global Lynching and Collective Violence: Volume 1: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. (2017). United States: University of Illinois Press, https://books.google.com/books?id=amk1DgAAQBAJ&pg=PT237

(Notes, Commission of Inquiry, Palestine, Disturbances, 44, 50)


Van Creveld, M. (2008). The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force. United States: PublicAffairs, p. 23

The last skirmish took place in Jerusalem's Jewish quarter in November 1921, where approximately 5,000 Jews lived and where Hecht, normally based in Haifa but happening to be present, took charge. Five Jews were killed and forty wounded in the narrow alleyways. Though the assailants possessed hardly any firearms, they compensated with edged weapons; eyes were gouged out, breasts and testicles cut off, and the like. Next, however, Hagana asserted itself. Some ten members, armed with pistols and hand grenades, took up positions and managed to hold off an Arab mob for forty minutes until the arrival of the British police. From that point on, calm was restored.


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