February 28, 2024

A Potted Recent History of Israel

A Potted Recent History of Israel

In 1946 Etzel (which means the National Military Organisation) bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91 people and injuring scores of others. (Gordon, 2023).

In 1948 Etzel, a paramilitary group and Lehi, another Zionist paramilitary organisation, contributed to the 1948 Deir Yassin massacre, killing at least 107 Palestinians (Gordon, 2023).

Abramowitz et al (1948) described what happened during this massacre. They explained that ‘terrorist bands’ attacked the village of Deir Yassin, which was surrounded by ‘Jewish lands’a and killed most of its inhabitants and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem.

In the same year Lehi assassinated Swedish diplomat Folke Bernadotte, the United Nations mediator between Israel and Arab countries. (Gordon, 2023).

In 1948 members of Etzel/IZL went on to form the political party, the “Freedom Party”. A group of Jewish people, including Hannah Arendt and Albert Einstein compared the organisation, methods, political philosophy and social appeal of the party to the Nazi and Fascist parties. They went on to explain that the party had formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a ‘terrorist, right-wing, chuavinist’ organization in Plestine. (Abramowitz et al, 1948)

The Israeli government of January 1949 offered Lehi an amnesty. (Gordon, 2023).

In 1977 Menachem Begin, who in 1948, was the leader of the ‘Freedom Party’, whose membership had been drawn from Etzel, which had helped carry out the massacre of Palestinians in Deir Yassin, became Prime Minister, as his party, Likud, gained power.

In 1979 the Israeli government introduced the ‘Lehi ribbon’, honoring the group. (Gordon, 2023).

In 1983 a former leader of Lehi, Yitzhak Shamir, became Prime Minister of Israel. (Gordon, 2023).


Abramowitz, I. et al (1948) Letter to the New York Times: New Palestine Party: Visit of Menachem Begin and Aims of Political Movement Discussed. https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/einstein/1948/12/02.htm

Gordon, N. (2023) On Human Shields. London Review of Books. https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2023/december/on-human-shields



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