Tuesday, December 04, 2007

December 1947: 75 Jews murdered - in Aden (Yemen)

In the wake of the partition vote, Arabs started rioting throughout the Middle East. The worst attacks in the early weeks came from Aden, a British colony that is now a part of Yemen, where 75 Jews were brutally murdered by Arab mobs:

The final death toll was 82 Jews.

It is ironic that the best arguments for a Jewish state at the time came from the Arabs themselves, as their vaunted tolerance for Jews disappeared in an instant and it was clear that only a Jewish state could protect the "dhimmis."