Apr. 26, 2016
“There was an indiscriminate massacre by Arabs last night at Tiberias, in which 19 Jews [21 in some sources] were killed, including three women and 10 children, a slaughter unequalled since the Arabs attacked the Jews of Hebron and Safed in 1929,” The Times of London reported on 4 October 1938, quoting its correspondent writing on 3 October. The attack was premeditated, well-planned, and merciless.
“At 9 p.m. a large band of armed Arabs, after having cut all the telephone wires, made a concerted attack on Tiberias,” the report went on.
“They entered the town in two detachments, one from the north, the other from the south. Five minutes later, when the invaders were in place, a whistle was heard from the hills above the town and firing began. It was directed chiefly at the district offices, the police station, and the billets of the British police. Simultaneously fires broke out in the district offices and the synagogue, and six houses in the Akiva quarter, which lies on the hillside above the Old Town, were entered, set on fire, and the inmates – men, women and children – massacred. The police turned out immediately, andwithin 25 minutes were reinforced by the Transjordan Frontier Force, from Samakh, which fought its way past an ambush at a road obstruction near the hot springs to the south of Tiberias. After the arrival of the troops fighting in the town lasted for two hours before the raiders were driven out. A curfew was enforced about 11 p.m. Most of the Jewish…