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Looking Back: July 6, 2012

100 Years Ago

1912 Annie Weiss, 16, was dragged before Magistrate Corrigan in Manhattan’s Centre Street Courthouse on the charge that she was the ringleader of a band of young thieves. A few weeks ago, a gang of young boys broke into the Rabinowitz home on 8 Rector Place and stole goods valued at $50. Police detectives allege that the robbery was performed at the behest of Weiss, who, they say, used a diamond ring to cut a hole in the window so that the boys could climb through. At the trial, Weiss denied the charges, saying that the boys may have robbed the apartment and given her the stolen goods, but only because they know she is very poor and needs the money to survive.

75 Years Ago

1937 Although the Peel Commission has not yet released its recommendations for the solution to the Palestine problem, reliable sources are reporting that the plan calls for England to divide Palestine into three parts: an Arab sector, a Jewish sector and a British corridor that will include a segment that extends to the sea from Jerusalem. Lord Peel, who has spent much time in Palestine working on this solution, has apparently concluded that Britain can no longer hold on to the mandate without incurring endless difficulties. Because, the British say, it is impossible for Palestine’s 400,000 Jews to live under Arab rule, and it is also impossible for the country’s 1 million Arabs to live under Jewish rule, the only solution is to divide Palestine and allow each nationality to live under its own auspices.

50 Years Ago

1962 After having been kidnapped by his grandfather and hidden for three years in a religious settlement in Israel, Yossele Schumacher has returned to Israel after spending time in the United States. According to his father, the boy will be attending a Mizrahi-run school in Holon, where the family resides. But when asked where he would like to go to school, the boy replied that he would prefer to attend the Etz Chaim yeshiva in Jerusalem. Reporters also asked the boy’s mother, Ida Schumacher, if she will forgive her father, who was recently released from prison, for kidnapping her son. She responded that she is no longer angry with him.

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