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Exodus of Jews from Hebron Creates Economic Depression

June 12, 1930
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Hebron is on the verge of complete economic ruin as a result of the exodus of the Jewish population following last Summer’s riots. This was learned today by a delegation from the Jewish National Council visiting Hebron to investigate complaints that the Arabs had been desecrating the tombstones of the riot victims.

The British authorities in Hebron as well as leading Arabs declared that rents had fallen from twenty to fifty percent and trade was stagnant. The removal of the Slabodka Seminary was the biggest loss Hebron suffered because it is estimated that the students and faculty of the seminary had spent $125,000 a year in Hebron.

The Arab papers report that the representative of the former Jewish residents had recently offered to return if the Arabs would apologize to the survivors of the riots. In the meantime it is reported that the Arabs are also leaving Hebron because of the trade depression.

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