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Lot #    10643
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 1:26:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Palestine, Statement of Information
Title (Hebrew)    Relating to Acts of Violence
Author    [Zionism] Colonial Office
City    London
Publisher    His Majesty's Stationery Office
Publication Date    1946
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   10 pp., 244:154 mm., usual age staing. A very good copy bound as published.
   Statement of information relating to acts of violence, presented to Parliment by the Secretary of State for the Colonies by command of His Majesty, July 1946. The statement describes the acts by the "three Jewish illegal para-military organisations in Palestine", the Hagana and Palmach, the Irgun Zvai Leumi, and the Stern Group.

The Stern Group, armed underground organization in Palestine, was founded by Avraham Stern. In June 1940, after the Irgun Zeva'i Le'ummi (IZL) decided on a truce of underground armed activities during World War II, the Stern group broke away from IZL. At first it called itself Irgun Zeva'i Le'ummi be-Israel and declared a continuation of war against the British, opposed the voluntary enlistment of Jews into the British army, and even attempted to contact representatives of the Axis. This attitude gained it the reputation of a "fifth column" in official circles, and the British Palestine police and secret service were mobilized against it. During January and February 1942 the clashes between members of the Stern group and the British military and civil authorities reached their peak, and the British forces reacted by arresting and killing leading Stern group members. On Feb. 12, 1942, Avraham Stern himself was caught in his hiding-place and was killed on the spot by British police officers. Considerably weakened, the group was on the verge of complete disintegration when some of its detainees managed to escape from prison and regrouped their forces. They then gave themselves the new name of Lohamei Herut Israel. In early 1944 Lehi resumed its operations under a triumvirate leadership (Yizhak Shamir, Nathan Yellin-Mor, and Israel Eldad-Scheib), continuing them with short interruptions until the end of the Mandate in 1948. Members of the group were ordered to be continually armed. Those who were caught admitted in court to being its members, refused to recognize the court's authority, and made political statements. In November 1944 two Lehi members, Eliahu Hakim and Eliahu Bet-Zuri assassinated Lord Moyne, British minister of state for the Middle East, in Cairo. They were caught, tried, and hanged in Cairo in March 1945. In July 1945 Lehi and IZL agreed to cooperate in their struggle against the British, and in November 1945 Lehi joined the Haganah and IZL in the Hebrew Resistance Movement (Heb. Tenu'at ha-Meri ha-Ivri), which existed for nine months. During and after this period, Lehi carried out sabotage operations and armed attacks on military objectives and government installations (army camps, airfields, police stations, railway trains), while also attacking individual members of the British police and army and organizing expropriations to secure funds. Its clandestine radio station waged a continual propaganda campaign, and posters and declarations were distributed.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
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