“Historical insight” from a Jewish self-loather

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An excerpt from the excellent, must-read essay by Seth Frantzman, currently in the doctoral program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and whose master’s thesis was on the 1948 war, in a counterpoint rebuttal of Ilan Pappe, a communist anti-Zionist self-loathing Jewish historian at Haifa University who has defended a student, Teddy Katz, for written essays documenting a fictitious Israeli massacre at the village of Tantura in 1948, and presenting it as truth.

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Tales from the underground

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From Tales from the underground: With the green lawns of the Charles Clore Park on three sides and the azure waters of the Mediterranean on the fourth, the stone and black glass Etzel Museum building on the Tel Aviv shoreline is certainly impressive. A blue cloudless sky and attractive layered Jaffa skyline in the near distance are additional factors making the museum building stand out – while at the same time somehow blending in with its surroundings. An enormous Israeli flag flaps high in the sea breeze above the museum, built over the ruins of a former Ottoman-period building. The

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New immigrants shape their identity around the Altalena story

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It is hard to fathom, hard to comprehend, hard to accept. I still don’t understand why this happened. From Ha’aretz: On June 22, about 100 people climbed aboard the ship Sababa in Jaffa port, and sailed toward Tel Aviv. On board were veterans of the prestate Etzel underground and Russian-speaking new immigrants. They were sailing to the point where the arms-laden Altalena sank 59 years ago after being fired on by order of prime minister David Ben-Gurion. Etzel (the Irgun Zvai Leumi) had bought the arms and was led by Menachem Begin. While Etzel veterans have learned to keep to

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They Went to the Gallows Singing “Hatikva”

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From They Went to the Gallows Singing “Hatikva”: The 12th day of the Hebrew month of Av, which falls this year on Friday July 27, marks the 60th anniversary of the execution by the British authorities in Palestine of three members of the Irgun underground – Avshalom Haviv, Yaakov Weiss, and Meir Nakar. This column is dedicated to their everlasting memory. As 1947 dawned, the British governing authorities, driven by an irresistible hubris of self-interest and colonial blindness, and embracing the delusion of decaying imperialists in every age that punitive brutality will cow the rebels into giving up their resistance,

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Today in Jewish History – Adar 4

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Sponsored by Aish.com: Yahrtzeit of Menachem Begin (1913-1992), prime minister of Israel. Prior to the creation of the state, Begin became leader of the Irgun and used militant means to force the British government to withdraw from Palestine. In the Knesset, Begin led the opposition party for decades, before being elected prime minister in 1977. Begin negotiated the Camp David Accords with Anwar Sadat of Egypt, for which he was awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize. Begin is also remembered for his conviction to Jewish tradition (he was known to consult with great rabbis and to walk to meetings on

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Lechi: Vision. Valor.

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Within this web site, Lechi, you will find the historical, legal, Biblical, governmental and military foundation of the defense of the one and only Hebrew nation in all of its Holy Land Inheritance. The Scriptures teach us who our role models should be: PHINEHAS, the son of Eleazar, who defended the honor of God. (1 Chronicles 9:19-20) NOAH … who stood in the midst of ridicule and disbelief and obeyed God. JOSHUA … who faced the rebellion and wickedness of the entire Israelite camp, and drew a line to divide those who choose to obey God from the rest. CALEB

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Jerusalem Remembers Pre-State Underground Fighters

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The Jerusalem Municipality has finally completed a project that began more than 15 years ago to mark the activities of the pre-State underground fighters in what was to become Israel’s capital city. The last 16 of a series of memorial signs immortalizing the fighters of the pre-State underground movements – the Haganah, Etzel (the Irgun) and Lechi – during the War of Independence were placed in various sites around the Jerusalem this week. The genesis of the municipality’s project to commemorate the pre-State underground in Jerusalem began at the end of the 1980s, in collaboration with veterans of the underground

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Spreading Torah Truth to Hasten the Redemption

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HaMeir L’David HaMeir L’David is a non-profit organization headed by David Ha’ivri and dedicated to raising awareness of national and Jewish issues in Israel and the Diaspora to hasten the Redemption. Ha’Meir L’David undertakings include printing books by Rabbi Meir David Kahane and his son, Binyamin Ze’ev; printing booklets on various Halachic subjects; raising awareness of Zionist history such as the actions of the Irgun and Lechi and printing T-shirts and bumper stickers to publicise its message.

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