PALESTINE: To Reform the Jews

Rifle butts hammered a midnight tattoo on hundreds of doors. Into the cold, dark streets poured nearly a thousand Jews, many of them in thin nightdress. For more than an hour they shivered in the crisp air while soldiers ransacked their homes, threatened with clubbed rifles any who protested. Ten foreign correspondents were whisked from the scene to the headquarters of a ruddy-faced, blond-mustached lieutenant colonel, who told them their presence was "embarrassing" to his men. The colonel called the Jews "'a despicable race," said (according to one report): "You know our boys sometimes use the butts of their...

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