Peddler Bound, Gagged and Robbed of $21 in Alphabet City

Jewish Farms Attacked, Ultra-Orthodox Attack Catholic Schools

In 1932: Charles Solomon, pictured here giving a stump speech on Wall Street, was one of five socialist New York assemblymen who were kicked out of office during the anti-Communist Red Scare. He was later re-elected and allowed to remain.
Forward Association
In 1932: Charles Solomon, pictured here giving a stump speech on Wall Street, was one of five socialist New York assemblymen who were kicked out of office during the anti-Communist Red Scare. He was later re-elected and allowed to remain.

By Eddy Portnoy

Published September 07, 2013, issue of September 13, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Forward Looking Back brings you the stories that were making news in the Forward’s Yiddish paper 100, 75 and 50 years ago. Check back each week for a new set of illuminating and edifying clippings from the Jewish past.

1913 •100 years ago

Peddler Bound and Gagged

Jacob Furman, an old clothes peddler who lives on 6th Street and Avenue B in Manhattan, was out on the street, plying his trade, when a man called out from the window of a small hotel on Orchard Street, telling him he had some old clothes to sell. Furman went up to look at the goods, but when he entered the room, the man attacked him and tied him up. The man then lifted $21 dollars out of Furman’s wallet and stole the ring off his finger. He left the room and the hotel, leaving Furman bound and gagged. It took awhile, but Furman eventually loosened the ropes and escaped. He ran to the lobby and told the manager what had happened. The clerk saw the man, who had been registered at the hotel under the name “Phil Duncan,” leave with a suitcase. Police were called, and the clerk and Furman gave descriptions.

1938 •75 years ago

Terrorists Destroy Jewish Farm

In one of the most damaging attacks in recent memory, Arab terrorist have uprooted 600 dunams (150 acres) of fruit trees on a Jewish-owned farm between Ashdod and Rehovot. Ironically, this particular farm employed a fair number of Arab workers, who have now lost their jobs. Other attacks included one on a Jewish policeman, David Gross, who was on foot patrol in Tzfat; a Jewish laborer was wounded near Rehovot when his bus was fired upon by terrorists, and another Jew was wounded when stones were thrown at his taxi in Ramle. The terror has not been limited to Jews: An Arab band attacked an Arab police inspector in Bethlehem, and another group of armed Arabs robbed a customs office in Jaffa at gunpoint. In a related matter, sources indicate that a portion of the funding for Arab terror in Palestine comes from the fascist governments of Germany and Italy.

1963 •50 years ago

Ultra-Orthodox Attack Schools

The Israeli government condemned attacks made by ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students on Catholic schools in Jaffa, Jerusalem and Haifa. Demonstrations against the schools, which are viewed by the fanatically religious Jews as hotbeds of missionary activity aimed at converting Jews to Christianity, were well organized. Hundreds of yeshiva students marched to the schools, carrying signs and singing religious hymns. In Jaffa, the demonstration got out of hand; yeshiva boys broke into the school’s office and smashed the furniture. The students were also accused of insulting the archbishop. Hundreds of yeshiva students were arrested in the melee, and French and British diplomats made official complaints about the demonstrations to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
  • The real heroines of Passover prep aren't even Jewish. But the holiday couldn't happen without them.
  • Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an anti-Semitic screed?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.