21 Jews Slain in Tiberias Massacre, Worst Since ’29; Synagogue, Homes Razed
October 4, 1938
An invasion of ancient Tiberias on the shore of the Galilee, in which at least 21 Jews — including an American citizen and his wife — were massacred by an Arab band wielding bomb, rifle and torch, sent a wave of indignation surging through Jewish Palestine today. The massacre was the worst since the Hebron onslaught in 1929.
While the Government clamped a 22-hour curfew on the town and searches of ruined houses went ahead — an official communique predicting that more victims would probably be found in the debris – troops pursued the arab band and was reported to have contacted it at Lubia village.
...The attack was launched at nine o’clock last night, according to the official account, when an armed band entered Tiberias in two parties, from the north and from the south. They cut telephone lines, then, at a signal of shrill whistles from the hills around the town, began to shoot...Two of the Jewish victims were not immediately found. The others were as follows:
Joshua Ben-Arieh, his wife, Shoshanah, and a son, Arieh, stabbed and burned to death; another son, Moshe, one-and-a-half years old, shot dead.
Rivka Leimer, 10, and her brothers, Chaim, 12, and ezra, 8, stabbed and burned to death. Both families were in the Ben-Arieh house at the time of the attack.
Rachel Mizrachi, 26, and her five children, Ezra, Miriam, Yochebed, Samuel and Hephzibah, aged 12, 5, 3, 2 and I, respectively, killed while the father, Shimon Yochanan Mizrachi, was on guard duty in a distant part of the city.
Menachem Kabni, an American citizen, and his wife stabbed and burned to death. His sister escaped. what part of the United States Kabni came from was not ascertained immediately.
Ezekiel Katz, 42, killed when the synagogue was burned down.
Two Jewish constables, Israel Bookman and Zvi Chatzkelevitz, killed during the shooting, and also Jacob Gross.
Anyone have knowledge of the Kabni family?
...the Arabs broke in and stabbed and burned to death Mr. Kabin [an elderly American Jew who had recently come to Palestine] and his sister...
More: seems from Davar newspaper of Oct. 4, the name is Kotin or Kutin:
and he arrived four years previously and was a synagogue gabbai.
After a further search, seems for sure Kotin and not Kabani. From the Palestine Post, October 4: