My follower count is currently stuck in the mid ages. I’ll tweet some Jewish history milestones from along the years, according to my follower count. So come on, I’m 4 followers short of the first story...
So far we learned about some pogroms 😠(1171 France, 1190 England) and Maïmōnídēs dying 😢(1204 Egypt).
JewishHistory is filled with sorrow and darkness but it gets better in the 2nd half of the 20th century 😉
Well, when the Black Plague hit Europe in 1347, killing 1/3 (!) of the continent’s population, guess who was blamed for this apocalypse?
That’s right. The #Jews were accused of poisoning water wells creating this disastrous epidemic.
And seriously, interesting thread 👇🏻
That’s how it is when you’re a defenseless minority in a foreign land.
SZ was given a choice - convert to #Islam or die. He chose life and was given the Islamic name ‘Aziz Mehmed Efendi’.
Shabbtai Zvi died ten years later (1676) but this episode remained an open wound for decades, leaving a significant mark on #JewishHistory.
Today the ‘Shearith Israel’ congregation have their synagogue at Central Park West.
His tormented corpse was displayed for 6 years after the execution as a warning from the “Jewish threat on Christian civilization”.
An #antisemitic Nazi propaganda film with the same title was made in 1940.
The 19th century is when some Jewish European scholars realized that #Jews, like any other people, have the right to self determination in a national home.
This is the century of The Zionist idea.
In 1️⃣8️⃣3️⃣7️⃣ a massive earthquake hit the city of Tz’fat (Safed) in what today is 🇮🇱. Tz’fat, which had a flourishing #Jewish community, was destroyed. A Tsunami 🌊 from the Sea of Galilee flooded the city of Tiberias. At least 5,000 people were killed.
The goal was to settle Ottoman ruled #Israel.
The first BILU Zionists did in fact settle in Israel that year, to establish 3 new Jewish settlements: Rishon Le’tzion, Zikhron Ya'akov and Rosh Pina.
“His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the #Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object”. 3/3
In few of his sermons, al-Hussaini was quoted saying: “a place in heaven is promised for those who kill the Jew”.
Attempts by the British authorities to reach calm failed. Violence began in #Jerusalem, where 19 Jews were murdered. Homes and synagogues were burnt down.
Hebron was the worst. 67 Jews were brutally murdered by an incited Arab mob. Homes were looted then burnt. The Jewish community of Hebron, that existed there for centuries, disappeared overnight. Here’s a testimony from a Palestinian woman who remembers 👇🏻
Another community that was ethnically wiped out, was the Jewish community of #Gaza. The pogroms also reached Tel Aviv and Haifa, but there the Jews stood up and fought back. 6 were killed in Tel Aviv and 7 in Haifa. In Tz’fat they were defenseless and 18 were murdered.
In July 1️⃣9️⃣4️⃣6️⃣, a medieval bloodliable accusing the #Jews of killing a Christian child using the blood for a ritual, led to the lynching to death of 42 Jewish Holocaust survivors.
The Arab delegate to the #UN said that “The partition line will become a line of blood and fire”. And indeed, the day following the vote at the UN, 30/11/47, a civilian bus was attacked by Arabs with guns and hand grenades. 5 Jewish passengers were killed.
This attack marks the beginning of the 1st Israeli-Arab war, the war for #Israel’s independence. The war that broke due the Arab leaders’ uncompromising rejection of the establishment of a Jewish state, ended after more than a year and a half, in July 1949. Israel triumphed.
2 decades after ‘48, the Arab world still wasn’t willing to accept #Israel. They still hoped to undo the Jewish state using military means. In 1️⃣9️⃣6️⃣7️⃣ Egypt mobilized military to Sinai and closed the Straits of Tiran for Israeli ships >>
"It is common knowledge that #Palestine is nothing but southern Syria."
Here’s a map from early 19th century explaining his claim.
No to recognition of Israel;
No to negotiations with Israel;
No to peace with Israel.
It quickly turned out that negotiating with terrorists and giving in to their demands, breeds more terror.
Ami was the agricultural attaché at the embassy >>
On October 22, after 16 days of war, the UN voted in favor of resolution 338 calling for a complete cease fire >>
After this massacre the 3 terrorists left the house >>
We salute you Captain. May the memory of all the heroes be forever a blessing.
Thanks to the ‘81 operation it didn’t have to >>
In 1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣6️⃣, Ron Arad, a WSO in the Israeli Air Force and his co-pilot, had to eject from their Phantom fighter jet over #Lebanon. The pilot was rescued but Arad was captured by militants from the Shiite Amal Movement. His fate remains unknown ever since.
May their memory be a blessing.
In 1994, just a few months after Oslo was signed, Arafat held his infamous ‘Johannesburg speech’.
The Oslo agreement, Arafat said, was no different than the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah >>
The treaty was annulled by Muhmmed, two years after it was signed so Muhmmed’s Islamic army conquered Mecca. Not the best example of a respected agreement >>
“It’s a cultural gap”, some tried to explain the doublespeak >>
Since 1996, more than 90% of the Palestinians in the West Bank are self governed by a Palestinian government; And since 2005, 100% of Palestinians in Gaza are self governed.
END THRRAD OSLO ACCORDS.
The Second Intifada.
Half a decade of terror.
This thread will go through most suicide bombing attacks carried out by Palestinian terror organizations in 2001; a macabre intro to the gloomy years of the second Intifada.
This too is part of #JewishHistory >>
Dr. Mario Goldin, a 53 year old physician, was murdered.
Dr. Goldin was heading the trauma center at the Loewenstein Hospital. May his memory be a blessing >>
Some injuries but luckily, nobody was killed >>
May their memory be a blessing >>
This is what she had to say in a later interview >>
He is still in prison and he is still receiving a monthly salary from the Palestinian Authority >>
This won’t be the last time this bus will suffer terror. 2 future attacks on this bus line will result in 8 more dead >>
15 of the passengers were killed and dozens injured. The terrorist was a member of #Hamas >>
451 ppl out of which, 225 in suicide bombings.
But it was one attack that forced #Israel to go out on a full scale military operation to stop terror. THREAD >>
30 people were killed and 160 injured. Some of the people killed were #Holocaust survivors. Some were married couples. Two were a father and his daughter >>
Thread about the 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐢 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐆𝐚𝐳𝐚 that ended a 38 year long Israeli presence in the strip >>
He too was part of the Jewish Community of Gaza. Here >>
When my follower count was 1929 this is what I tweeted >>
During August 2005, they were all evacuated from their homes in what turned to be one of the biggest traumas in modern #JewishHistory >>
Hours after the withdrawal, Palestinian mobs stormed all that remained, including all greenhouses.
Everything was ravaged >>
It turned out to be that “ending the occupation” and “evacuating settlements” is no guarantee for peace. Sometimes it’s the opposite.
Let that sink in.
Five tweet thread.
On September 6, 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣7️⃣, the Israeli Air Force striked and destroyed a secret nuclear reactor located at Deir ez-Zor, #Syria >>
This is how it looks like. Notice the non-explosive missile followed by the actual attack >>
This year my gorgeous hometown turned 110 and is still the hottest around.
Jews, 0.2% of world population, were awarded 202 prizes which is nearly 25% (!) of all Noble Prizes awarded.
In 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ Dan Shechtman received it in Chemistry.
I’ll give you the highlights >>
“I stabbed her until I couldn’t pull the knife out of her body” >>
he was asked by the investigators.
“Israel is killing our youths. That’s why. I decided to do the same as other young Palestinians do...I realized I might get hurt but I had faith in god” >>
I tried to pull out the knife, and to keep stabbing her, but the knife was stuck. So I ran. I got back home around 18:30” >>
“Then I went to bed. I didn’t leave the house until they came to arrest me” >>
“I would have kept on stabbing her. And if I would’ve seen another Jew, I would have stabbed and killed him too” >>
“Why would you have wanted to die as a martyr?”
the murderer was asked >>
“I would go to Al-Aqsa, and on my way, I would kill as many Jews as I could”.
May the memory of Dafna Meir and all victims of terror be a blessing.