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Tripolitania Riots (1945 and 1948)
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From November 4 to 7, 1945 Arab mobs attacked the Jews of Tripoli and its environs in British-occupied Libya. The violence erupted one day after two days of anti-Zionist mass demonstrations and rioting in Egypt that began on November 2 (Balfour Declaration Day). Unlike the Egyptian disturbances, the Tripolitanian riots had no overt political coloration, although some of the provocateurs may have had political motivations. Security forces of the British Military Administration (1943-1951) were slow to intervene, and as a result 130 Jews were killed, hundreds more …

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Rachel Simon, “Tripolitania Riots (1945 and 1948)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0021630>
First published online: 2010

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