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bArab attack with sinking hearts. They had only forty guns, and bthe Arabs had large quantities of weapons and ammunition.

bThe attack began. Desperately the defenders held on within ba fixed radius. The Arabs attacked, looted, and burned houses boutside the defense perimeter. Four Jews were dead, and the bcolony was on the verge of collapse and slaughter when British btroops arrived to save them.

bOnly courage and miracles saved the large settlement of bHadera and Rehovot from slaughter. The book History of the bHaganah (Israel Defense Ministry) describes the attack on Re- bhovot by Arabs of Ramle: “Thousands of men, women and chil- bdren came like locusts upon this settlement, with the usual bbattle-cries: ‘Eleyhom’ [“Charge them”] and ‘Itbach Al-Yahud’ b[“Slaughter the Jews”]. They approached the settlement loot- bing everything in their path and burning huts in the orchards.”

bCoexistence in the month of May 1921, forty-six years be- bfore the Israeli “occupation” that is the real obstacle to peace in bthe Middle East. . . .

bNovember 2, 1921, marked the fourth anniversary of the bBalfour Declaration that had promised the Jews an enigmatic b“national home.” The Arab press, leaders in the drive for an end bto Zionism, called for a day of mourning, a work stoppage, and bdemonstrations to protest the declaration, which they coined b“the death sentence passed on the Palestinian people.”

bIn Jerusalem, 5,000 Jews were packed into the Jewish quar- bter, most of them totally unfamiliar with self-defense. The day of bthe general strike saw thousands of frenzied Arabs attacking bthose Jews, mostly Sephardic, who lived in the Muslim quarter. bThe Sephardim remained there in the mistaken belief that the bArabs were opposed only to the recent European, or bAshkenazic, immigrants. They were wrong. To the credit of the bArabs, they did not discriminate against Jews on the basis of bcommunal background. They killed all—equally.

bAmong the Jews killed in the first assault was a sexton in bthe Yeshiva Torat Chaim and nineteen-year-old Yitzhak bMesner, who was stabbed to death while escorting a group of bwomen and children to safety.

bAt 11:30 hundreds of screaming Arabs, headed by Sheikh bVad Al-Halili, attempted to smash into the Jewish quarter. bThey were driven back after a sharp struggle in which the sheikh b 

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