Wednesday, June 09, 2021

When the British evacuated Jews from Silwan

Blogger Elder of Ziyon has been busy researching the plight of the Jews of Silwan (Shiloah), who were forced out by violence from their homes in the 1930s. Whereas the media have rewritten history to make out that 'Jewish settlers' are harassing Palestinians out of their homes, the truth is the reverse. A recntly-discovered letter testifies to the fact that the Jewish inhabitants were frequently attacked and the  British could no longer protect them. They evacuated the Jews, although they expected them to return shortly. See original post: 

Buried in a New York Times article about the claims of both Jews and Arabs to houses in Silwan we see this: In the late 1930s, the site was abandoned. Documents show the British authorities, which then ruled Palestine, evacuated the Jewish residents, fearing they were vulnerable to an Arab insurrection. After the British left and Jordan occupied the West Bank in 1948, Palestinian families moved onto the uninhabited plot. That is a sanitized way of saying that the Jews were constantly attacked by Arabs in Silwan. Here is the Palestine Post article about their evacuation, from August 15, 1938:
The British authorities were supposed to protect the homes. They didn't - Arabs broke into a synagogue and defiled the Torah there several months later:
UPDATE: Here is the letter from British officials about the evacuation - and the expectation that the Jews would return shortly. (h/t Stephen)
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