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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It must have been the 'occupation': First Jewish victim of Arab terror was murdered in 1873

The Ministry of Defense reports that the first Jewish victim of Arab terrorism in Israel was Talmudic scholar Aharon Herhsler HY"D (May God Avenge his blood), who was murdered by Arab terrorists in Jerusalem in January or February 1873.
According to an account of his life provided by the official governmental site for terror victims, Hershler was a haredi yeshiva student who studied devotedly.
He was born in Hungary in 1850 to a prominent rabbi, Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Hershler, who served in the rabbinate of the city of Szabad. After immigrating to Israel, the rabbi was among the heads of the Ungarin Kolel, a Hungarian yeshiva in Jerusalem.
The Hershler family lived in Mishkenot Shananim, the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the Old City walls.
The records note that in 1872 there were ample rains, meaning the Jews were not forced to buy water from the Arab residents of Shiloach (Silwan in Arabic). In response, the Arab residents evidently decided to target the Jews, breaking into their homes and robbing them.
Several Arabs broke into the Hershler home on January 1, at which point Aharon got up from his Torah studies to confront them, managing to scare them out of the house and proceeding to chase them.
The Arab terrorists, evidently fearing they would be identified, callously opened fire on Hershler, shooting 12 bullets into his body. He was brought to the hospital, where he died of his wounds four days later after great suffering.
Hershler left behind a bereaved wife and daughter, along with his grieving parents and siblings.
Does anyone actually believe that if we give them a 'state' they will stop trying to murder us?

No, it's not the 'occupation.'

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