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bment was represented by a new high commissioner named Chan- bcellor, who—because of his recent arrival—allowed most of the bdecisions to be made by his chief aide, Harry Luke, a bitter anti- bZionist. Luke was the son of an assimilated Jewish family from bHungary named Lukach. The father had emigrated to England band in one fell swoop acquired a new country, religion, and bname. The Hungarian Jew Lukach was now the British Protes- btant Luke. And having converted, Luke now acquired a gentile bcharacteristic: he became anti-Semitic. No better friend in court bdid the Arabs have than Luke, whose policy of noninterference bwith the Mufti and Arab mobs led to the murder of scores of bJews.

Jerusalem

bThe pogrom in Jerusalem began on the Muslim holy day, bFriday 17 Av (August 23). Thousands of Arabs streamed into bthe city carrying iron bars, sticks, and knives. In the courtyard binciters from Jerusalem and the two nearby villages of Lifta and bKalandia heated the atmosphere, and at 12:30 P.M. the mob bburst forth, heading in two directions: toward the Jaffa and Da- bmascus gates. At Jaffa gate, Jews who inadvertently passed by bwere attacked. Despite the presence of police, the two Rutten- bberg brothers were beaten and stabbed to death. On Jaffa Road, bJewish stores were smashed by some sixty Arabs from Lifta and ba Jewish newsman murdered. In the small Georgian quarter, bhome of poor Jewish families, four Jews including a woman and bchild were slaughtered and the humble homes looted. An at- btempt to smash into the Mea Sh’arim quarter was thwarted.

bThe worst attacks were on the outlying Jewish neighbor- bhoods in the new, Jewish, part of the city. The neighborhood of bRomema, through the Diskin Orphan Home, Givat Shaul, bMontefiore, Bet Hakerem, Yefe Nof, and Bayit V’Gan, were btargets of a large attack led by Arabs from the villages of Dir bYassin, Ein Kerem, and Lifta. Dir Yassin Arabs were the lead- bers and organizers of the attack, and the village became world- bfamous in 1948 when it received its just reward for the many bJews slaughtered by its citizens.

bIt was only an incredibly valiant defense by the Jews that bprevented a massacre of major proportions. With few men and bweapons, the defenders succeeded in throwing back thousands b 

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