16 March 1190 York’s Clifford Tower masacre – worst antisemitic attack in the UK #otdimjh


On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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At the foot of Clifford’s Tower a plaque marks the darkest chapter in the history of York’s Jewish community. The plaque reads:

On the night of Friday 16th March 1190 some 150 Jews and Jewesses of York, having sought protection in the Royal Castle on this site from a mob incited by Richard Malebisse and others chose to die at each other’s hands rather than renounce their faith.(Isaiah XLII:12 )

ישימו ליהוה כבוד ותהלתו באיים יגידו

Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands

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On March 16th 1190 a wave of anti-Semitic riots culminated in the massacre of an estimated 150 Jews – the entire Jewish community of York – who had taken refuge in the royal castle where Clifford’s Tower now stands. The chronicler William of Newburgh described the rioters as York acting “without any scruple of Christian conscientiousness” in wiping out the…

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