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Teller From Jerusalem

Dec 15, 2021

TFJ: Series 1 Episode 40: The Birth of Israel 


With fear that Rommel’s conquest of Africa may bring the German Army to Palestine, the Hagana, the prelude to the Israel Defense Forces, created an elite strike force called the Palmach. Menachem Begin assumes the leadership of the Irgun underground militia and becomes the most Wanted Man by the British in Palestine.

In order to terminate the White Paper’s restriction on Jewish immigration to Palestine, all three Jewish military forces in Israel unite to fight the British. Their efforts cause enormous interruption, aggravation and expense to the British and they retaliate with an operation that arrests 2700 Jews, many of them Zionist leaders, impound weapons and incriminating documents.

Edited and Produced by Alex Drucker 

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