Netanyahu to Attend 1929 Hebron Massacre Memorial

President Reuven Rivlin will also speak at the 90th anniversary of the Hebron massacre.

23.8.19, 12:02
The annual memorial marking the anniversary of the Hebron Massacre will take place September 4, 2019 at the Kiryat Arba Performing Arts Center. This year, marking the 90th anniversary will feature Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and other elected officials. It will include with a memorial service at the ancient cemetery of Hebron and a tour of the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Also speaking will be 98-year-old survivor Avraham Kiryati who will share his memories.
The event is sponsored by the Jabotinsky Institute, Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Israeli Ministry of Education Division of Culture, and the Eshkolot educational organization.
9:30am - 12:30pm
Hebron in 1929 - Testimonies and Memoirs 
* Dr. Michael Vilinsky,  expert on terrorism - Arab Incitement from 1929 to 2019
* Noam Arnon,  Bar Ilan University - Rabbinical letters from Hebron before the massacre
* Avraham Kiryati - 1929 massacre survivor - memories of Hebron
* Yossi Sa-Nes, relative of massacre victims - second generation
* Yosef Krutzchik - the Return to Hebron in 1931 - 1936
12:45pm - 1:45pm
Ze'ev Jabotinsky and the 1929 riots

* President Reuven Rivlin
* Yossi Ahimeir, chairman of the Jabotinsky Institute
* Herzl Makov, president of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center
* Arye Naor, author of "Jabotinsky's New Jew: Concept and models"
* Yifat Ehrlich, journalist 
* Gideon Mitchnick, Jabotinsky Institute
2:30 - 3:00pm

Memorial services at the ancient cemetery of Hebron, 1929 victims monument with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, family and descendants of the victims and survivors.
5:00 pm
Event at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior officials.
For details and registration contact Midreshet Hebron (Hebron College) at 02-996-1311,, email
Due to the event, the Tomb of the Patriarchs will be closed between 11:30am and 6:00pm.
Please note the traffic arrangements: Starting at 4:00pm, the road from Kiryat Arba to Hebron will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Prime Minister Netanyahu was last in Hebron in 1998 to visit the widow of Rabbi Shlomo Ra'anan, who was murdered in a terrorist attack.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited Hebron including the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in 1976 following the Yom Kippur riot in which Palestinian attackers ransacked the Tomb, revered as the burial site of the Biblical Matriarchs and Patriarchs, and ripped up the Torah scrolls. 

On August 24, 2019, 67 civilians were tortured and killed by their neighbors in Hebron. The survivors were deported from the city by the British. The riots were instigated by Haj Amin Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem in a bid to consolidate his power over rival Arab leaders.

The city fell into economic despair after the expulsion. Two years later, survivors returned to rebuild the Jewish community. This lasted for five years until the Arab revolt of 1936 in which the British again evicted the Jewish community.
Every year, The re-newed Jewish community of Hebron holds a memorial service at the cemetery where many of the victims are buried. 

Many news outlets have mentioned the 90th anniversary. The Jerusalem Post had an exclusive interview with 98-year-old survivor Avraham Kiryati who stated, "Hebron must be in part of Israel,” he said. “I have learned from the past to be prepared. We do not have any choice but to remain strong.”

The 1929 Hebron massacre pictures by Gershon Gera | 115 Images
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