Wednesday, 26 August 2009

1929 Hebron Massacre? I think not!

I was completely disgusted to read the following article below on the BBC. I'll copy the article fully below.

It's a complete joke by the western media to be so biased against Palestinians. Here is an event that occurred almost a CENTURY ago and it gets covered with the zionists being the poor victims. Oh please give me a break, BBC! No jews coming to live in Palestine either before or after 1948 were considered peaceful. Their main aim was to annex land by whatever means and to create a jewish state.

A massacre is a massacre but please BBC get some balance in your reporting. After all the murderous campaigns that Israel has conducted since it's bloody founding you still have the gall to write such an article? Complete rubbish. I wonder if the BBC or other western media outlets will remember when innocent Palestinians were murdered PRAYING inside a mosque back in 1994. If you need to refresh your memory then please visit:

Today, Israel presses a button and the IDF sends missiles into Gaza killing Palestinians by the dozen, and the world watches silently, but when the time comes 80 years down the line, we all remember what happened in a small Palestinian town with a minority of Jewish troublemakers.

Ironically the BBC do not mention the role of Britain in the conflict, with the Balfour declaration and all. This supported zionist immigration a lot and as usual tends to be forgotten in the West.

Anyway no need for me to waste so much words on this. It's just disgusting that a jewish human life is worth more than a muslim human life, especially on muslim soil.

The BBC article is shown here:

Long shadow of 1929 Hebron massacre

Eighty years ago, violent Arab riots against Jewish immigration gripped British-ruled Palestine. The worst violence occurred in the city of Hebron where, on the 23 and 24 August, 67 Jews were murdered. Dina Newman reports on how memories of the bloody events of 1929 still linger in Hebron today.

A small museum in the Old City of Hebron, established by the Jewish settler historian Noam Arnon, displays evidence of the massacre eight decades ago - a photograph of a girl struck over the head with a sword with her brain spilling out; a woman with bandaged hands; people with their eyes gouged out.

These are the well-documented atrocities committed by an Arab mob seeking to drive their Jewish neighbours out of Hebron.

Hajj Yussef Hijazi, now 95 years old, witnessed the tragedy. He lived in the old city and remembers that houses there were small and close to each other. A section of his family's house was rented out to a Jewish hacham, or rabbi. Both sections of the house were connected through a back door.

"Jews in the old city were mostly shopkeepers, doing business. We used to visit each other," he says speaking through an interpreter. "We used to go to each others' places for tea. They were our Palestinian Jews, they spoke Arabic and they dressed like us Arabs."

"Jews lived here peacefully with their Arab neighbours," confirms Mr Arnon. "Jews here were not involved in any politics. They did not have any self-defence. And this wonderful life finished with a tragedy."

Hebron is a holy city to both Muslims and Jews. The patriarch Abraham is believed to be buried here. Both Muslims and Jews claim spiritual and emotional connection to the site, which is called the Tomb of the Patriarchs by Jews and the Ibrahimi Mosque by Muslims.

But modern political rifts mean the tension between the two communities remains high.

Among Hebron's Jewish settlers, probably the most hardline settler community in the West Bank, the enduring stereotype of a cruel Arab, drinking tea with you one minute and plunging a dagger into your back the next, often comes up in conversation.

The settlements inside Hebron are heavily protected by Israeli soldiers. Since 1994, when a US-born settler Baruch Goldstein shot dead 29 Palestinians at prayer in Ibrahimi Mosque, the Israeli army maintains a strict separation policy.

As a result most Arab residents and shopkeepers have moved out of the Old City, and those who remain risk abuse and harassment by settlers protected by Israeli troops.

Hajj Yussef says problems with the Jewish community started in the mid-1920s, when more Jews began to arrive from abroad. They did not speak Arabic and they dressed differently. They were coming in their hundreds.

In November 1928, like every year since 1917, the Palestinian Arabs protested against the Balfour Declaration, a letter from the British foreign secretary promising to support a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

"After these protests the Arabs got very angry," says Hajj Yussef. "They were very angry with the Jews, especially the non-Palestinian Jews."

The Jews and the Palestinians agree that despite prior warnings of possible violence in August 1929 the British authorities did nothing to avert the tragedy.

There was just one British policeman in Hebron, who had completely underestimated the danger to the Jewish minority.

He commanded a force of 18 mounted police and 15 on foot, of whom all but one were Palestinian Arabs.

This small force was quickly overrun by the mob, while some Arab policemen even joined in the killings.

From mid-August rumours began to spread that Jews were killing Muslims in Jerusalem and were about to destroy their holy sites.

The nationalist mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, is often blamed for whipping up news of anti-Arab violence to foment unrest. But despite the bloodshed elsewhere in Palestine, the Jewish community in Hebron did not believe that their Arab neighbours could attack.

Hajj Yussef remembers the morning of 24 August well. It was Saturday.

"When the trouble started I could not understand why, and I was really shocked," he says.

Early in the morning, when calls to kill Jews were heard on the streets of Hebron, Hajj Yussef and his cousin went to see their lodger, the Jewish hacham. They found him there together with his wife and a dozen students.

"We did not know all of students," says Hajj Yussef. "Some of them were not from Palestine, they were outsiders. But they were together with the hacham, and we took all of them into our section of the house through the back door."

When an angry mob came looking for the Jews, Hajj Yussef was afraid that the people being sheltered by his family could get hurt. He says he was not afraid for himself, perhaps because he was too young.

He says he and his cousin persuaded the mob to go away, "because this hacham was a Palestinian".

Noam Arnon does not know Hajj Yussef, but he used to know some other Arabs who had saved the Jews.

He says they deserve appreciation and recognition for what they did. As for the settler community, Mr Arnon sees its historic mission as the continuation of Jewish life in Hebron, after Jews returned to the city following Israel's occupation of the West Bank in 1967.

Ruth Hizmi is a teacher and a mother of seven. She is proud to live in Hebron and believes this is the best place in the world to raise her children.

"I was born in England, and sometimes I am scared to go out, because I know we are in danger," she says with a smile. "But I can see our children, they were born in Hebron, and they are walking around, they are proud, they have no fear. If an Arab attacks them, they attack back. This is our reality, and we can't run away from it."

The settlers are planning to commemorate the 1929 riots with a ceremony in September, with some of the survivors present. But Hajj Yussef believes today's settlers have no right to live in Hebron at all.

"I have no problem living with the Jews, like we lived many years ago," he says. "But today's settlers are not Palestinian Jews, they came here from abroad. And I have a problem if the Jews live in my country as occupiers and settlers."


A Blessing in Tragedy said...

La ya riyal! But of someone dare say anything to even suggest that Jews were maybe not as bad off as some claim in WWII the whole world will attack.

Its like when the US bombs Afghan civilians then pays them 2000 USD per body. Muslims = subhuman to them.

We should just return the favor.

rosh said...

Enjoy! :)

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Wow. Thanks Rosh.

There are westerners who see the biased history their people have painted?

Im not 70, I dont KNOW and I dont CARE what already happened. Im not so arrogant to think that I KNOW things.

I do want balance from now on though. EVERY Arab news station is biased and EVERY western news station is biased.

I dont like that. I dont like that news is now in the hands of celebrity news casters and bloggers that fry burgers for a living.

I want facts. no more. no opinions, no biased reporting.

But political agendas wont allow that. from both sides. And Ive become so indifferent now that Im almost at the verge of not caring.

When he goes YOU DONT KNOW ONE NAME. that must have hit her ego like all hell. Very good.

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Mashallah. I never thought I'd see a British politician admit that the British are the cause of the Middle East's issues.

I looked around, no, Hell hasn't frozen over.


rosh said...

ABIT, youtube / google up CSPAN and NPR video / news items. It is NO secret, the Israeli Jews control American mainstream Media - and heavily influences US foreign policy. Many Americans are aware, they just cannot openly speak about it without being labeled anti-semite -- nothing is farther from the truth. AIPAC's doing a brilliant job eh. Thank god for CSPAN / NPR and the likes. And this is what I appreciate about America -- there's dissent, the right to dissent.

BuJassem said...

actually george galloway is scottish married to a palestinian. i met him a few times, once as an invited speaker to my ex-uni society and others in protests in london. i respect him a lot even though he's a politician and cannot be trusted. he stood up a lot to blair and bush. even they summoned him so rudely to the usa and he went there, kicked their asses, and returned to the uk.

very powerful guy, unfortunately his policies don't have many supporters, otherwise if he was more mainstream with his charisma he'll take on the post of prime minister in no time!

but he's too good for that.

Anonymous said...

Dude, the 1929 massacre was a serious historical event whether you like it or not. Hebron is also an incredibly sensitive subject, since its location means it cannot realistically be included within Israel in a 2-state solution yet is full of some of the most extreme settlers around. Further, news organisations such as the BBC need to be seen to be attempting to report both sides. We all know that the Israelis are brutally oppressing the Palestinians and that it's basically one-way traffic. But that doesn;t mean Israeli sensibilities should not be reported on. One of the biggest problems with this particular conflict is that neither side appears to have the remotest interest in how people on the other side feel because they have such a sense of victimhood - and if there is no understanding or even acceptance of the reality of other people's feelings, how will there ever be a solution?

BuJassem said...

I wonder if this is the same anon from the other post, but here goes.

Of course this is a serious incident because lives have been lost, and I believe that life is sacred and we don't have any rights over it as humans. However, let's take two steps back. I suspect most of those poor souls "massacred" were actually brought to Palestine illegally. I mean Israeli wasn't even established back then. So why doesn't someone talk about that? Also my main gripe was balance in reporting, rather than the murder of innocents which is wrong.

Has the BBC (or will you) call the Israeli action in Gaza as a massacre? Hell no, it's just defense work, maybe it's a war, but not a massacre. Even though more than 1000 innocent Palestinians died. It doesn't matter, it's not a massacre.

Please note that the Jews in 1929 were not forced to come to Palestine however the Gazans massacred in Gaza are forced not to leave Gaza! Trap em, and then kill em!

So where's my balance?

Hello said...

Part of the difficulty for a news organisation like the BBC in covering such a conflict is that supporters of both sides are convinced the reporting is biased against their side. Thus, Jewish Israelis and their supporters worldwide have steam coming out of their ears at what they see as it;s "pro-Palestinian" bias, while Palestinians and their supporters say the opposite. Unfortunately it is impossible to please everyone all the time, however you need look no further than Israel's ban on foreign reporters covering its war on Gaza for evidence that it was afraid of the impact the BBC's and other western media's reporting would have had. The BBC's loss was Al Jazeera English's gain.

BuJassem said...

Hello Hello,

I invite you to kindly look into this book:

Bad News from Israel, by Greg Philo et al

Written completely by western academics, one of the guys involved in the research was a friend of mine from my UK days. He was a lecturer.

I admit that some Arabs will be very very biased as well, however I try not to be one of them. I am quick to admit my own shortcomings or those of other Arabs. If you read this blog you'd find me as critical of stupid Arab phenomena as I am of Israel or other countries. I disagree with suicide missions, with terrorism, with armed conflict, targeting civilians etc. I think the Palestinians haven't been very good with the media offensive, and the Israelis have been able to control the media and hence the hearts of others much better.

Agreed that you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

The facts on the ground are this. The Israelis are winning and the Palestinians just won't die. Also, Israelis haven't taken responsibility for their role in Palestinian misery since 1948 and beyond. However, everyone has apologised for the holocaust and other crimes, but for some reason Israelis don't see that what they did was wrong.

I'm glad that you noted the issue with the BBC and Al Jazeerah. Just look at the Gaza war. No one was allowed in until the IDF cleaned up their mess etc. Even then, it's very difficult for Palestinians to move in and out of Gaza, except if you're a corrupt Hamas or Fatah official.

Everyone went up in arms when Mugabe banned the BBC from Zimbabwe. However when Israel does it, people just switch to Al Jazeerah.. oh well.. I think I need a cup of tea.

BuJassem said...

Seems that the re-opening of this blog wasn't such a bad idea. In fact it's starting to "target" the right audience.

Let's fight ignorance, imperialism and racism wherever it is found.

Just remember this:

اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ

I pray for peace.