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bover the balcony into the streets to the howling mob.

bThe mob now turns to the home of the revered scholar Rab- bbi Meir Kastel. The sixty-nine-year-old Haham, also born in bHebron, watches as the mob breaks down his door. He is bmurdered brutally. The mob loots his house and then burns it bdown over his body. On to the next . . .

bRabbeinu Hason, sixty-five, is one of the heads of the bSephardic rabbinate in Hebron. He is also a son of the city. He band his wife, Clara, fifty-nine, watch in terror as the mob burns bdown their door and then storms in. Both die a horrible death at bthe hands of the mob, which loots and then turns to Beit bHadassah. . . .

bBeit Hadassah. The building that in years to come will brouse the anger of the world and of too many Jews when b“seized” by the Jewish “militants.” Rabbi Meir Kahane will breceive a sentence after “seizing” the building three times. bWomen from Kiryat Arba along with their children will “seize” bit and be forced to remain for months without their husbands. It bis a building in which the Israeli government will refuse to allow bJews to live. And six innocent Jews will be shot down in cold bblood outside its doors. But it is also a building with a past that bfew know. . . .

bIn 1909 the cornerstone was laid in Hebron for a building bthat was to serve as both a medical clinic and synagogue for the bJews of the city. The pious and wealthy Baghdadian Jew (who blater moved to Calcutta) Yosef Avraham Shalom gave the mon- bey both to build and to keep up this institution, which came to bbe known as Chesed L’Avraham. It was officially registered un- bder the Ottoman Empire laws. The Haham bashi, chief rabbi of bHebron, Rabbi Suliman ben Eliyahu Mani, traveled to India to braise money from wealthy Iraqi Jews for the yeshiva. The Sason bfamily was especially generous. Eventually the Hadassah or- bganization took over the clinic. (This is the same Hadassah bwomen’s organization that decades later will condemn the b“takeover” of the building by the women of Kiryat Arba.)

bThis institution, which did so much for both the Jews and bthe Arabs of Hebron and which in later years is to serve as the bsymbol of Jewish shame as Jewish governments bar Jews from breturning to the scene of the massacres, is the next to feel the bwrath of the crazed Arab mobs. . . .

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