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bprophets have commanded you to avenge the blood of your dead bbrethren in Jerusalem! Allah is great! Come with me and kill bthe Jews! Inside are beautiful Jewish women; take them!”

bThe mob attacks the home of the Cheichal family near the bhotel. The yeshiva students, inside, fight wildly to hold the bdoors. At the very moment that they begin to splinter, the stu- bdents see what they take to be a miracle: a British officer with bfive Arab policemen suddenly appears on horseback! The two bCheichal sons, Yisrael-Aryeh, twenty, and Eliyah Dov, seven- bteen, rush out past the surprised mob to the policemen. They bplead with them to save the Jews inside. The policemen stare. bThe mob now angrily rushes at the two Jews who are standing band imploring the British officer to save their lives. They attack bYisrael-Aryeh. Bloodied, he turns like a madman on his at- btackers, smashing them with his fists, until he falls dead at the bfeet of his “rescuers.”

bThe younger brother seizes the reins of the Britisher’s horse band pleads for his life. At he does so the mob stabs him again band again, one Arab laughing and shouting, “Does it hurt, bJew?”

bThe two brothers die, but their deaths enable the other bJews, whose presence the Arab murderers have momentarily bforgotten, to flee to safety.

bAnd in the Jewish quarter, the Jewish ghetto, every house is blooted, every synagogue destroyed. Reb Alter Platshy, the btwenty-nine-year-old Sephardic sexton, is brutally murdered. bHe is a poverty-stricken plasterer, sole supporter of his six chil- bdren and elderly widowed mother. Another pauper, elder- bly Yitzhak AbuHana, sixty-nine, dies a terrible death, and btwo other destitute Jews, Avraham Yani, fifty-nine, and his bwife, Vida, both born in Constantinople, also fall victim to the bkillers.

bThe famous Sephardic synagogue, Avraham Avinu, built in bthe year 1501, is totally destroyed. The Arabs take the Torah bScrolls and with shouts of animal joy rip them to pieces and bburn the shreds. This is the synagogue that will later be turned binto a sheep pen. It is the synagogue that, after Israeli liberation bof Hebron, will remain a sheep pen for years, with the Arab bshepherd paying IL 60 a year for the “privilege” to the Israeli bmilitary government! It is the synagogue that the Israeli govern- b 

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