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Number of Jewish Dead in Palestine Warfare on Saturday Mounted to Sixty-six

August 27, 1929
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Saturday was the most critical day so far in the Moslem Arabs’ attack on the Jewish population of Palestine, bringing the total number of Jewish dead to 66. The number of those wounded, including many who received mortal wounds, runs into the hundreds, with no end of the racial conflict in sight.

The greatest massacre perpetrated by the Moslem Arabs occurred Saturday at Hebron, the city of Biblical fame, where 45 Jews were slain and 47 seriously wounded. In Hebron the casualties mounted high because of the lack of a Jewish self-defense body, the majority of the victims being pious Talmud students (Yeshiva bochurim) from various parts of the world, including many Americans, who were taken unawares in the famous Talmudical academy transferred several years ago from Slobodka, Lithuania, to Hebron. Two rabbis affiliated with the academy, Rabbi Slonim and another whose name could not be ascertained, are among the dead. In the absence of a Jewish self-defense body, the Jewish population of Hebron gathered in the police court yard. The number of those who were slightly wounded is great.

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