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Blowing Up the King David Hotel

Sunday marks the anniversary of the 1946 attack on the British. My 91-year-old grandfather helped carry it out.

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The King David Hotel on July 22, 1946. (Library of Congress)

“Everyone dreams,” my 91-year-old grandfather tells me over a cup of coffee in his north Tel Aviv apartment. “My dream was to move to Eretz Yisrael and ride a horse, carrying a rifle.”

The romantic militancy of my grandfather’s childhood dream should not shock me: I’ve known since I was young that the man I call Saba was partly responsible for the King David Hotel bombing, one of the largest terrorist attacks of its time. The operation against Britain’s military and administrative headquarters in Jerusalem on July 22, 1946, left 91 people dead. Of them, 54 were civilians. Twenty-eight were British. Seventeen were Jews.

Although there was always an uncomfortable kernel of truth beneath the family joke that my grandfather was a terrorist, the reality of Saba Shraga’s background had seemed like a fable until I moved to Tel Aviv last year, where he still lives with my grandmother, Savta Margalit. On the one hand, he was a hero, decorated by the state of Israel for his contributions to the pre-Israel Zionist paramilitary group Irgun Tzvai Leumi (commonly known as Etzel). The photos on their wall picture him with the likes of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, long-time member of Knesset Uzi Landau, and, of course, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who headed the Etzel before entering politics and, eventually, signing the Camp David peace accords with Egypt as prime minister in 1979.

On the other hand, my college course on the History or Terrorism lumped the Etzel under the same umbrella as Hamas, whose wave of murderous suicide bombings against Israeli civilians reached its peak during my year abroad here a decade ago. In the history books written here in Israel, my grandfather is a great man. But while it’s easy to relegate the grittier elements of Israel’s history to the inaccessible past, my grandfather’s personal role forces me to grapple with the political violence that exists here on both sides of the conflict.

Alongside our regular discussions of why I’m not married yet, I have begun asking my Saba questions about what life was like back before Israel was an iPhone-saturated high-tech hub, before Tel Aviv was an international destination for beach revelers and night-clubbing vacationers. Life here was hard, he says. “It was so miserable then,” my grandfather tells me. “I could never have comprehended that, one day, I would live in an apartment with three indoor bathrooms, a Jacuzzi, a shower, running hot and cold water … all in all, it’s only been 80 years!”

“It’s impossible for you to understand what the world was like,” my grandmother interjects, slightly annoying my grandfather, who fashions himself as the narrator in the family (he even went so far as to lay out very specific instructions for how this story should begin). A bald man with a cheery disposition and an occasional temper, my grandfather has an innate sociability and attention to detail that make him a natural storyteller. As he speaks, the elderly man with the hearing aids and the chronic leg pain, the man who shared lemon popsicles with me on the beach as a child, melts away to reveal an able-bodied, hot-blooded fighter chasing a radical path to a better life in the land of Israel.

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My grandfather and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
My grandfather and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. (Courtesy Shraga Elis)

Though I call him Saba Shraga, my grandfather was born Feivel Eliash in Lodz, Poland, in April 1921. The youngest of six (Bella, Ella, Leah, Bronca, and his lone brother, Israel Mendel), he recalls doing the family’s “black work,” like carrying pots of cholent home for Shabbat. He followed in his brother’s footsteps, studying in the local synagogue, where his teachers gave him the Hebraized last name Elis, and remembers watching as his grandmother made “ponchkes” (doughnuts) for Hannukah, spitting into her hands to insulate them from the dough’s stickiness.

Life in Poland was good, but his fond recollections are marred by anti-Semitism. His earliest childhood memory is of hiding under the table as his father slammed shut the windows and tried his best to lock the gate as he whispered something about a “pogrom.” Button-stealing bullies in his school years left him baffled by calling him Christ-killer.

He did not grow up in a Zionist household, but as the economic and social conditions worsened for Jews in Poland, murmurs about the land of Israel made their way to his family. His father took him, at the age of 11, to hear an early version of Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s famous “Eliminate the Diaspora or the Diaspora will surely eliminate you” speech. Though the audience threw tomatoes at the Revisionist Zionist and booed his call for Jews to take up arms to build a Jewish state, my grandfather was entranced, both by his words and the impressive gold-buttoned brown uniforms that Jabotinsky’s followers in the Beitar youth movement wore.

The price for aliyah was steep: A family needed to pay 1,000 British sterling to a banking company as a capital investment in Palestine. Selling off some of their possessions helped the Eliash family fill the gap they needed for aliyah. On Dec. 20, 1935, the family woke up to people screaming in the streets that Jews were being beaten. By New Year’s Day 1936, they were in Palestine.

***

“To succeed in life,” my grandfather likes to say as he slowly draws an imaginary circle on his palm, “you need to be smart. You need to work hard. You need to be good-looking, because that’s important, that will get you most of the way there. But to succeed,” he says closing the last segment of the diagram on his hand, “you need luck.” Despite his brother Israel Mandel’s good head for business, perseverance, and audacity, in the end it was luck that he lacked.

Life in the Promised Land was not quite as promised. There wasn’t much work in Tel Aviv, and the work that was available involved heavy physical labor. Food was scarce. When my grandfather ran to get provisions on credit, Mrs. Rosenblum, the shopkeeper, would tell him: “Ingaleh, tell your mother that the notebook is already full.” After a day getting blisters lugging heavy materials along the Yarkon River for pennies, Israel Mandel realized the pioneering life was not for him. He soon decided to go home to Lodz, where at least work and food were readily available, even if it meant serving in the Polish army for two years. His head for business helped him succeed there, even as his family struggled in Tel Aviv. When the Germans arrived in Lodz, they made a point to kill the richest Jews first to wipe out old war debts. Israel Mandel was among the first 10 to be hanged.

In the Yishuv, life improved after the war began. Feivel changed his name to Shraga and found work as a plumber’s apprentice. But after an unpaid apprenticeship led to a meager salary, he started a plumbing business of his own. He may never have gotten to ride a horse while carrying a rifle, but while working, he got a lot closer: A man named Eliyahu Aloni stopped by the shop and, after chatting with him briefly, convinced him to join the Etzel, to be one of the warriors fighting for the creation of a Jewish state. (The same man would eventually lead my grandfather to meet my grandmother in a business transaction, but that’s another story.)

There were a handful of Jewish resistance groups, but the Etzel was the only one actively fighting the British. The other groups did not want to divert British resources from fighting the Nazis. “The British at that time were worse than the Germans,” my grandfather says. “If a ship of Jews managed to get past the Germans, the British would turn them around and send them back.” Despite the violence of the Arab revolt, it was the British who truly stood in the way of establishing a Jewish state, making them the main strategic target.

At first, he was not involved in substantial operations, but after a few years of intermittent participation in the group, he took on a more active role, raiding British weapons store-houses, building explosives, and securing funds through any means possible. He was given the code name “Chaim Toit,” combining the Hebrew word for life with the Yiddish word for death, during an explosives training course in 1943. He opened up a front store on 83 Hertzel Street, and went to work assembling grenades and other weapons in the backroom.

Around the start of 1945, his commander Eitan Livni (father of former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni) approached him with a task. The Etzel, he explained, had found a family living over on Bashan Street that was willing to shelter a wounded or wanted soldier in their house, and a hiding place needed to be built for such an eventuality. The apartment, he was told, was small, and an elderly grandmother was ailing in the second room. “Keep the door closed, because if you disturb the suffering old woman she is bound to die,” Livni told him.

When he knocked on the apartment door, a cheerful woman with thick glasses answered, baby in arms, and let them in. Careful not to disturb the dying old woman in the next room, my grandfather and his friend Shlomo scouted the apartment out for a suitable hiding place. The house, they discovered, was built in such a way that left ample space between the ceiling and the roof. They could build a faux laundry closet in the corner and put a ladder inside leading to the rafters, which they would reinforce to allow a fugitive to hide for a few days. The plan was perfect, and they went to work.

One day, as they were working, a wind blew open the door to the sick old lady’s room. Before its occupant could shut it, my grandfather caught a glimpse of a bearded figure, and his heart skipped a beat. He would have recognized that face anywhere. Even though he’d only seen him once, giving a speech years earlier, he knew it was Menachem Begin, the leader of the Etzel and, at that time, a wanted fugitive from the British. Instead of delight, however, my grandfather was overcome with trepidation at learning a secret he was clearly not meant to know.

Begin, realizing he had been “discovered,” decided it was no use keeping the door closed and invited the two Etzel men into his room for tea, taking the opportunity to get some information on the outside world. My grandfather earned his favor by finding him a short-wave radio to keep abreast of the news from the outside.

Not long after meeting Begin, my grandfather’s partner-in-crime at the weapons factory was captured by the British. My grandfather quickly closed the store and relocated to Jerusalem. There he began a new role scouting out possible British targets and determining whether they were penetrable. Among them was the King David Hotel, the luxury building that housed both the British military headquarters and various foreign dignitaries, who would dance along with wealthy Arabs at “La Regance,” the hotel’s café and lounge. A wanted man, my grandfather had to disguise himself carefully before scouting the area.

The plan was hatched one day when he noticed a truck making a delivery for the café. Every day at noon, Arabs would bring vegetables, food, and canisters of milk to the kitchen. The milk canisters, he thought, would be perfect containers for explosives, but he wasn’t sure if the kitchen had an easy connection to the café, which was right below the military headquarters in the hotel’s southern wing.

To find out for sure, he’d have to go into enemy territory. Dressed as Arabs, he and a friend, accompanied by two Etzel women, walked right into the café one Friday night. Though the hotel was heavily guarded, and arrest by the British could mean prison, torture, or even hanging, my grandfather had to be sure of his plan. At one point, the ladies were sent to the bathroom, and my grandfather went wandering down the “wrong” hall. At the end of a lengthy corridor, a large Sudanese guard opened a door and boomed a menacing “What are you doing here?” at my grandfather. He replied that he was looking for his friend in the women’s bathroom, to which the guard gruffly escorted him, where his date was conveniently waiting for him. The story checked out, and the guard let them go. But my grandfather had already gotten what he needed: He spied a kitchen in the doorway from which the guard emerged. The plan would work.

My grandfather went to work training the operatives who would carry out the operation. On July 22, 1946, 250 kg of TNT in seven milk crates placed along the support columns in the basement went off, demolishing the Southern wing of the hotel and killing 91 people along with it.

After the bomb went off, the British were horrified at the blood-toll exacted upon them for administering the region. Cracking down on the Etzel, they ramped up the search for the militants and their leader in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In the sweep that followed, Jewish fighters were captured and hanged, but they never managed to find their prize target, Menachem Begin. Despite unknowingly setting up their makeshift Tel Aviv headquarters on the lawn in front of Begin’s house, where Mrs. Begin coolly brought them water and lemonade in the summer heat, the British did not discover the Etzel leader safely tucked away in the ceiling hiding space my grandfather had built. In his memoirs, Begin said that the two Lodz-niks who built the space saved his life, though he also noted that they nearly killed him as well: My grandfather had apparently forgotten to leave him a supply of water.

***

The bombing remains controversial. A 2002 Discovery Channel documentary titled The Age of Terror calls the King David Hotel bombing “one of the most audacious acts of terror the world had ever seen” and made no bones about comparing it to 9/11. (My grandfather makes an appearance at 4:43.) One YouTube posting titled “Jewish Man Brags About Blowing Up King David Hotel” splices the documentary’s footage with an anti-Semitic screed denouncing Jews as the devil.

The bombing marked the beginning of the end of the British desire to carry on the mandate, and it certainly worked like terrorism, aiming to achieve political goals through psychological means. I ask my grandfather what he thinks: “It depends on how you define terrorism,” my grandfather tells me. “We were real freedom fighters. We didn’t attack places that had women and children. We fought solely against military targets.”

That history is disputed. Ben-Gurion, who headed the Haganah defense force that eventually morphed into the Israel Defense Forces condemned the “lawless” act.

The Etzel maintains that it called warnings in to the hotel three times, telling them to evacuate the entire building. Various theories exist as to why the British did not comply. One is that they failed to get confirmation that there was an attack planned from a double agent. Another is that the British general, Sir John Shaw, refused to listen to the Zionists and allow massive disruptions every time someone called in a threat. A third is that the bombs, meant to explode after 40 minutes, went off after just 22 when guards attempted to remove them, inadvertently setting off the mechanism. Others, including Sir John Shaw himself, allege that no such phone calls were ever made.

“It was a disaster,” my grandfather says of the civilian deaths. “I had a very heavy feeling when I learned that innocent people died. That was not our mission.”

But what of the Etzel’s other operations? The ones against the Arabs? These, he defends, saying they “saved the nation of Israel.” When his troop conquered Jaffa during the War of Independence, he says, there were 80,000 Arabs living there, but only 3,000 were left. “The rest ran off,” my grandfather claims. The Arabs were scared and started to leave, he says, and their leaders were so sure they could annihilate the Jews that they encouraged the flight until the fighting ended. “This was the redemption of Israel,” he says. “It may not have been intentional, but that’s how it worked out.” Life is messy, he tells me. The Jewish state could never have been born of an immaculate conception.

Maybe so. Or maybe not. The circumstances at that time were not the same as today, and ideas about conquest and victory have changed since 1946. Whatever judgments today’s armchair historians make, I know that I am privileged to enjoy the physical, financial, and possibly moral sacrifice of an earlier generation today. The more I think about it, the more what my grandmother said rings true: I cannot begin to comprehend what life was like then.

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CORRECTION, July 19: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Etzel was the common name for Irgun Tzvai L’Yisrael. In fact, the proper name for the paramilitary group was Irgun Tzvai Leumi.

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Wow, great story Niv. Imagine having that moral dilemma forever hanging over you… Everything your grandfather said is exactly why news organizations like the BBC consciously avoid using the word “terrorist” to describe things (like yesterday’s attack in Bulgaria) that clearly appear to be terrorist attacks. Makes you think.

Binyamin says:

What a pathetic whitewash this article is. It typifies the lies Israel has to tell itself. The King David Hotel bombing was not typical of Etzel’s targets. Wikipedia has a splendid little list of ALL of Etzel’s terrorist attacks during the 1930s and 40s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Irgun_attacks_during_the_1930s

From 1937 to 1948, the Irgun carried out 56 terrorists
attacks that resulted in the deaths of about 1000 unarmed Arab civilians,
mostly in outdoor markets, in Palestine.

A typical one would be: 1938, July 25 — 43 Arabs were killed by a bomb at a marketplace in
Haifa. (Almost all women and
children.)

Here’s another: 1939, June 29 — 13 Arabs were killed in
several shooting attacks around Jaffa during a one-hour period.

And another: 1938, February 27 — 33 Arabs were killed in
multiple attacks, incl. 24 by bomb in Arab market in Suk Quarter of Haifa and 4
by bomb in Arab vegetable market in Jerusalem.

And, of course, the “suicide donkey” attack: 1939, June 19 — 20 Arabs were killed
by explosives mounted on a donkey loosed at a crowded marketplace in Haifa.

By focusing on the King David Hotel, which at least had a military target within it (the World Trade Center housed a CIA office), our hasbarist hopes the world will forget about the 1000 dead Arab women and children.
And spare me the “shoot and cry.” Your grandfather knew full well, after his scouting missions, that those bombs would kill at least as many civilians as Brits.
When he talks about cleansing the Arabs from Jaffa, he knows full well that “how it worked out” was that Arabs families were expelled to make way for Jews. Under his logic, it would be perfectly moral for Israel to clear out the West Bank, and what’s left of the Arabs in Israel proper, the same way Jaffa was cleared out. Mid-east’s only democracy? Yeah, sure.

This article completely overlooks the murders committed by Irgun.
Here is the list of murders by that terrorist group:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Irgun_attacks

JamesGarbarzewich says:

And to add insult to injury, the British Olympic Commitee refuses to allow a minute of silence for the Israeli Olympians assassinated by Palestinian terroris in the Munich Olympics 20 years ago. Plus the British Olympic Commitee declares East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

The British colonialists should have been blown up more times. The King David hotel blown up was justice applied. British colonialists refused entry to Jews escaping the Holocaust. The British colonialists kept hanging Jewish freedom fighters. The British colonialists refused to bomb the railways shipping Jews to Aushwitz causing the deads of an additional million Jews. Churchil and Eisenhower were the criminals involved in this massacre.

perot says:

God bless your grandfather. There would be no Israel without patriots like him and his friends. I wish Israel had such people today !

Rosenkranz says:

I hope your “grandfather”, the terrorist, rots in hell.

Rosenkranz says:

Damn his grandfather. The gap-toothed Begin should have been arrested for terrorism with the rest of his Ergun buddies.

perot says:

Rosenkranz…I’m sending you some Preperation H for dinner.

Enjoy.

Lanskymob says:

First, to claim Wikipedia as some kind of historically accurate source is just sad. Anyone can put any statistics up on any website, and I think you (and I and anyone else interested in the subject) should look a little further in the number of civilian casualties that can be pinned on the Irgun during that time frame.
Second, to claim that “well, that’s war” and to have no feeling for the deaths of soldiers or innocents would be less than human. So I’m not suggesting that.
What I am suggesting is that if you want to start breaking out statistics-the number of violent incidents and number of people that were hurt or killed in those incidents-you will find that by far the amount of blood on Arab hands can be measured in buckets compared to the blood on Jewish hands which can be measured with an eyedropper.
Jews had bee the victims of murderous rampages that took place: in 1834 in Sfat, April of 1920 in Jerusalem, May of ’21 in Yaffo, August of ’29 in Jerusalem, and Hebron and Sfat, and April of ’36 in TA and Yaffo. Every single incident that I just named-and each one contained murders and rapes by the dozens and theft and destruction of property (homes and stores and synagogues)-were not perpetrated by an organized group fighting for a state of their own, but by throngs of hateful thugs who were regularly whipped into frenzies by the lies and rumors of their demented, thieving leaders. Sadly, neither the facts nor the circumstances have changed in the nearly 100 years of history that we’re talking about.

To break out a few incidents-however unpleasant they may be-and use them as justification for terror that Israelis have been subject to both in their country and abroad for the the last 60+ years just does not pass the smell test.

And make no mistake about it-that’s what you’re doing.

Israelis shouldn’t whitewash or forget or deny their history. But you’re pointing to a small window in time where a small group of people (who did not represent the Yishuv as a whole by any means) used terror tactics. As opposed to multiple generations that have been taught that Jews are less than human. As opposed to those who strap bombs to their children so that they can kill as many Jewish children as possible. As opposed to a culture where death is more precious than life. As opposed to someone claiming they are helping to “end the occupation” by sneaking into a home and slitting the throats of an entire family including babies.

And spare me, sir, your belief that Mr. Eliash didn’t/doesn’t feel deeply for those that were killed because of his actions, or that those incidents haven’t weighed heavily on his heart for all these years. I can tell you one thing: after those bombs went off, he wasn’t passing out candy.

Rosenkranz says:

Send it to your grandfather.

Rosenkranz says:

Hey Lansky, can you keep your reply brief? These are “comments” not book submissions.

Lanskymob says:

Hey Rosie, if length is more important to you than context, either don’t read it or stick with twitter.

Jeremy Milgrom says:

“Everyone dreams,” my 91-year-old grandfather tells me over a cup of coffee in his north Tel Aviv apartment. “My dream was to move to Eretz Yisrael and ride a horse, carrying a rifle.”
I have a different dream: Can we even dare to imagine what life in Palestine-EretzYisrael could have been like today without nationalists and terrorists from both sides?
No wars of ’48, ’56,’67,’73, ’82, ’06, ’08;
no refugee camps,
no demolished villages,
no military cemeteries, no compulsory serviceno reserve dutyno shabakno generals dominating politicsno arms manufacturing and exportingno militant Judaismno expropriationno home demolitionno flight of Jews from illustrious Jewish communities in Arab countries
Could Jews and Arabs have continued to live together as they had for hundreds of years during the Ottoman Empire? I believe it’s not too late to restore our trust in one another, but it will require putting to rest such stories of heroic grandfathers on both sides, apologizing, repatriating refugees, etc. — choosing life and not winner-take-all struggles.
Shabbat shalom,
Jeremy, in Re’ut (halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem)

true. so why did the Arabs throw stones at Jews in Rosh Pinna in the 1890s? Or stab to death Rabbi Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref who was killed trying to rebuild the Hurva Synagogue in 1851? Kill Trumpeldor in March 1920, 7 Jews in Jerusalem in April 1920 and on and on?

a) it was an amount of 350 kgs. of explosives.
b) the basement passage from the north where the dairy delivery truck parked to La Regence in the south was reconnoitered by an Irgunist disguised as an electrical engineer.
c) the fact that a telephoned message was received was announced in Parliament by Lord Greville Janner having been informed by a British Army doctor who heard it from British soldiers stationed in the hotel as well as testified to by Raaya Jaglom who was in the lobby and saw the frantic reactions by the desk staff (see her autobiography,Reflections on my Life & Times)

yevka says:

Just call a terrorist what a terrorist is. Your grandfather was and is a terrorist.

Bob White says:

While the Irgun acted against Arab civilians, it was ALWAYS as retaliation of innocent Jews killed by Arabs. The only goal of the Irgun was to expel the British from Israel so that the remaining Jews from the Holocaust will be allowed into the safety of the country.

herbcaen says:

Jeremys reald dream:Can we dare to imagine what life would be like if Hitler had won the war and the FInal Solution was really final… No wars of ’48, ’56,’67,’73, ’82, ’06, ’08;
no refugee camps,
no demolished villages,
no
military cemeteries, no compulsory serviceno reserve dutyno shabakno
generals dominating politicsno arms manufacturing and exportingno
militant Judaismno expropriationno home demolitionno flight of Jews from
illustrious Jewish communities in Arab countries
Jeremy, please move to Maidanek. It suits you better. Dont stumble on the bones

herbcaen says:

Instead of posting on websites, why dont you put your money where your mouth is and defend Hezbollah in Lebanon?

In what possible sense is this not a terrorist act?

Well….it helped to drive Brits out of Israel. Just think that Boston Massacre took more lives. Everyone is a terrorist then.

Rosenkranz says:

Lansky, you are hijacking the commentary with your long boring news reports.

Rosenkranz, I think Lanskymob’s comment is just the right length.

Ezra Pound says:

The British should sent a hit team into Tel Aviv and put a bullet in your murdering, terrorist grandfather’s head. His body should then be dragged through the streets and fed to dogs. Israel is the single biggest threat to peace and stability in the world and when Americans find out how deeply involved Israel was in the planning, execution and cover-ups of the 9/11 attacks, Israel is going to vanish forever under 10 million patriotic American bootheels. Amen. The world will only be safe when there is no Israel in it.

Ezra Pound says:

Judaism: the original crime against humanity.

Ezra Pound says:

Judaism: the original crime against humanity.

Alan Silverman says:

I’m reading “The Arabs” by Eugene Rogan. While he’s highly, blatantly biased against Britain (despite that, or because, he’s at Oxford), and France, and Zionism,
his words on the KD Hotel bombing are perhaps useful to show how
different recollections may differ in some important ways: “….For ten
months {this would have been in ’45-’46} the Haganah cooperated with the Irgun and Lehi {Lohamei Herut Yisroel, aka Stern Gang} … [but] the Jewish Agency, led by Ben-Gurion, …denied … involvement … and kept Haganah’s participation secret. …
[but the Brits suspected the whole Yishuv and arrested over 2700
between June 29 and July 1, 1946 ...]. The British … seized the
papers of the Jewish Agency and took them back to the mandate
secretariat, then housed in a wing of the King David Hotel. Among the
papers were items implicating the [A]gency and Haganah in attacks on the
British. …. The Irgun already had detailed plans for an attack [on
the KDH] …but the Haganah had previously restrained it …[o]n July 1
the Haganah sent a command to the Irgun ordering it to carry out the
operation … as soon as possible. Preparations took three weeks … The
“milkmen” were surprised by two British soldiers, and a firefight
ensued. But the terrorists {I said Rogan is biased} had already managed
to set the timers …”

Oh ho, it’s ALWAYS retaliation. Is there some reason Hamas can’t use that excuse for killing Israeli civilians, or is retaliation against civilians exclusively your right?

” As opposed to multiple generations that have been taught that Jews are
less than human. As opposed to those who strap bombs to their children
so that they can kill as many Jewish children as possible. As opposed to a culture where death is more precious than life.”

There’s some irony in that. In those last two sentences, you talk about Palestinians as if they are less than human.

Binyamin says:

Exactly how is calling the Irgun’s bombing campaign what it was, terrorism, a “justification for terror that Israelis have been subject to.”

No, Mr. Lansky, whether you are blowing up Arab women and their children on a Haifa market, or Jewish Israelis on vacation in Bulgaria, you are engaging in terrorism.

It is you who “justify” terror by dismissing 56 bombings (and I didn’t include Lehi’s murders on the list) as a “few unpleasant incidents.” By asserting that the use of terror is justified as revenge for terror, you are legitimizing terrorism. You are no different that a Hamas apologist. They too claim they are only acting in retaliation.

The most salient quotes in this article are not about the hotel bombing; that’s a diversion. The purpose of the terror was ethnic cleansing of as many Arabs as possible and subjugation of the rest. The best quote: his father now has a jacuzzi. Meanwhile Arab villages throughout the West Bank don’t get enough water to bathe their kids more than once a week. The settlements have swimming pools and sprinkler systems. And your not a racist state, Sure, bubalahs.

janbn says:

Your 91 year old grandfather was a mass murderer and should have been treated as such. Your grandfather was a terrorist. When I hear Israelis complaining about terrorism they need only to look at their past. What goes around comes around.

so Palestinians should give Israel candy and flowers for stealing their land and homes?

so Palestinians should give Israel candy and flowers for stealing their land and homes?

so Palestinians should give Israel candy and flowers for stealing their land and homes?

why did some kook shoot into a theater full of people? they are kooks. There will always be mentally deranged people in every society. Jeremy is right. that is exactly what needs to happen before Israel is annihilated.

why did some kook shoot into a theater full of people? they are kooks. There will always be mentally deranged people in every society. Jeremy is right. that is exactly what needs to happen before Israel is annihilated.

why did some kook shoot into a theater full of people? they are kooks. There will always be mentally deranged people in every society. Jeremy is right. that is exactly what needs to happen before Israel is annihilated.

CrookedofTheteeTh says:

Its just incredible how supporters of the apartheid state, use such sweeping and unfounded statements to justify murder.

CrookedofTheteeTh says:

It has plenty of murdering psychos. God would bless him for murder?

CrookedofTheteeTh says:

Because it was commited by Zionists and they never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do anything wrong! They are the most gentle souls in the universe. And if they did do somthing wrong, some Arab person did somthing bad 200 hundred years ago, so its not their fault. Get it?

Lanskymob says:

that’s not me andrew. that’s you reading into it. do the arabs strap bombs to their children and send them out to kill Jewish children-and then paint murals glorifying their deeds-or don’t they? the answer is yes. if you believe this behavior is inhuman or human, that is your call to make. i’m simply stating a fact.

You can’t preface an assertion with “the Arabs” and expect it to be taken as fact. Can you even name one Palestinian parent who literally strapped a bomb to his or her child?

NYCMedic says:

You keep saying that. If you say it enough, does that make it true?

Shove it up your ass.

mikep1738 says:

I agree 100% that it’s incredible how supporters of the religious apartheid of Arab run territories and states that commit brutal ethnic cleansing of Jews with so little commentary or examination. Evidence such the Palestinian Arab demand for the removal of Jewish communities from areas over which Arabs may one day gain sovereignty is indisputable. That Arab maintstream institutions openly instill a love of martyrdom and hatred of Jews to justify murder and suicide is reprehensible. This is truely incredible to any civilized person.

Bob White says:

The reason they can’t
(and don’t even try) to use this excuse is simple: in 1947 the UN decided to
partition the country. Israel agreed, but Arab armies attacked
Israel and lost. Until 1967
Jordan ruled the West Bank
and Egypt ruled the Gaza strip. Somehow
nobody was interested in a Palestinian state then. Only after
Israel occupied these areas
after it was attacked in 1967 by Egypt, Jordan and Syria the PLO
(and later Hamas) realized the Palestinians need/want a state, and started
blowing airplanes, murdering children, women and men in Israeli cities, blowing
up buses etc. The Arab pogroms against Jews in Israel started
in the late 19th century and continued until today.

Bob White says:

How brilliant: the Jews are now responsible for the murder of 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11, an act performed by 20 Muslims and an organization calling the US the Big Satan (and Israel the Small Satan)

baltasar almudárriz says:

Most states are founded with violence and ethnic cleansing – Israel is no exception.

Just fess up — the only difference being that you guys have a nice legend/fairy tale- and spin really good stories.

baltasar almudárriz says:

Typical ad hominem – don’t like the message? Divert -and slander the messenger whenever possible. And Lansky was a mobster who ended up in Israel to live out his final years.

baltasar almudárriz says:

Sorry Eliyahu- that was not meant as a response to you but to nasties aimed at Lanskymob.

Sir SpamALot says:

Tin foil hat, much? Where is your evidence of this plot?

Also, pretty sure the British considered those participating in the American Revolution to be “terrorists” as well, and their guerrilla tactics were the 18th century equivalent of blowing up a building. So, by your apparent standard, George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton should all have been strung up and dragged behind a horse for their actions against the British, right?

Because it was aimed against military and government installations, not against civilians.

The King David Hotel was where the British Army had its headquarters if that’s not a military target their is none secular Jews love to prove their loyalty to the left.
With their blinded hate of Israel

Jake89 says:

A well written piece overall.
The exception I take is when you noted:
“When his troop conquered Jaffa during the War of Independence, he says, there were 80,000 Arabs living there, but only 3,000 were left. “The rest ran off,” my grandfather claims.
I found it odd, that throughout the entire piece that is provided, you only cast some doubt on what he is saying as being accurate on this one issue as if its some point of contention for you(by using the word “claims”). Why the inbalance?
Besides that, I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Lanskymob says:

let’s start here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdG3PZndV_4 and here

http://www.idfblog.com/hamas/2012/07/23/hamas-summer-camps/

and here http://www.meforum.org/2675/hamas-web-school-suicide-bombers how about this one….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR8Tfd0i4lY or this one….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtt8V25lGmc&feature=related

find me one video…just one…anywhere in the world from Jews or Israelis…even among the most whacko of settlers….that is even in the same universe as this stuff, and I’ll personally come to your house, apologize, and cook you a 3-course meal.

vernon scarborough says:

dfather

The discussion is generally a very thought provoking one, with implications for today in respect to the T (terrorism) word.

The King David hotel was essentially a legitimate military target. However, deliberate killing of civilians is an act of terrorism, no matter who does it. I would argue, that it does not necessarily make those responsible “terrorists”, unless that is their overwhelmingly preferred method of operation, which certainly was not the case with the mainstream Yishuv fighters and likely not for the Irgun. I am not certain as to other groups; the record needs to be examined.

The context is crucial. The British themselves were a legitimate military target, since they were illegally preventing the implementation of a Jewish State in Palestine that they were obligated to do under the League of Nations and the UN, and they were responsible for the murder of Jews in Europe by maliciously and illegally preventing Jewish immigration, while permitting Arab immigration. Arab militants were also legitimate military targets since they had been attacking and killing Jews for decades. Arab civilians were not legitimate targets.

The legal declaration of a Jewish State in 1948 was met not only with lack of recognition but attempted genocide by the Arab leadership, which has continued in one form or another to the present. No distinctions are made between Israeli soldiers and civilians in what is clearly Palestinian Arab terrorism and which should be called as such. Unfortunately, the major media does not use the word terrorism for the Palestinian Arab killing of Israeli civilians. This extremely harmful double standard needs to be addressed as the media does call the acts of 9/11, 7/7. Bali and others, terrorism and its perpetrators, terrorists.

Palestinian Arab violence against Israelis is the publicly declared official government policy of Hamas and carefully worded policy of the PA. The encouragement of terrorism through anti-Semitic teachings of their youth and honoring of terrorists however, is the official policy of the “moderate” Palestinian Authority.

The official Palestinian Arab policies are light years away from the policies of every Israeli government and their predecessor, the Yishuv, and these distinctions are crucial.

I’m confused on the whole ”
When the Germans arrived in Lodz, they made a point to kill the richest Jews first to wipe out old war debts. Israel Mandel was among the first 10 to be hanged. ” comment…
Can you provide a link/source/context??? I’ve never heard of this before…
History tells a far different story.

CrookedofTheteeTh says:

Thats just nonsense. Name these states? Iran has a community of Jewish people who have no wish to leave. Maybe Mossad should start bombing them like they did to the Iraqi Jews in the 50′s. I just cannot fathom where you are coming from. Did all those Palestinians commit suicide during Cast Lead? Israel broke that ceasefire by the way. Though am sure in your twisted logic you will pass on the blame. After all Israel never does anything wrong. You are an extremist sir!

CrookedofTheteeTh says:

Irguns market bombings? You are a liar. It was a hotel. It killed Jewish and Arab civilians. Though ethnicity should not matter. It killed innocent human beings.

harold11 says:

I stopped reading Tabletmag some time ago, and now I’m reminded why. This seems to have become a place where people who hate Jews with great venom come together to rejoice in their hatred and reinforce each other. Very sad.

Here you go: “Although there was always an uncomfortable kernel of truth beneath the family joke that my grandfather was a terrorist, the reality of Saba Shraga’s background had seemed like a fable until I moved to Tel Aviv last year, where he still lives with my grandmother, Savta Margalit. On the one hand, he was a hero, decorated by the state of Israel for his contributions to the pre-Israel Zionist paramilitary group Irgun Tzvai Leumi (commonly known as Etzel).”
I’d post a link, but it’s the same article as this one. Fancy that.
The fact that you’re asking this question shows how clueless Israel-defenders are when they rush to grab the moral highground. That paragraph presents unquestionable evidence that Zionist terrorism is glorified.

ZIONIST NAZI BASTARDS!

The Talmud is Judaism’s
holiest book (actually a collection of books). Its authority takes precedence
over the Old Testament in Judaism. Evidence of this may be found in the Talmud
itself, Erubin 21b (Soncino edition):

“My son, be more careful
in the observance of the words of the Scribes than in the words of the Torah
(Old Testament).”

Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby, in “Judaism on Trial,” quotes Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph:

“Further, without the Talmud, we
would not be able to understand passages in the Bible … God has handed this
authority to the sages and tradition is a necessity as well as scripture. The
Sages also made enactments of their own … anyone who does not study the
Talmud cannot understand Scripture.”

Second century Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, one of
Judaism’s very greatest rabbis and a creator of Kabbalah, sanctioned
pedophilia—permitting molestation of baby girls even younger than three! He
proclaimed,

“A proselyte who is under
the age of three years and a day is permitted to marry a priest.” 1

Yebamoth 60b,

Subsequent rabbis refer to
ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia as “halakah,” or binding Jewish
law. 2 Yebamoth 60b

Has Rabbi ben Yohai, child
rape advocate, been disowned by modern Jews? Hardly. Today, in ben Yohai’s
hometown of Meron, Israel, tens of thousands of
orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jews gather annually for days and nights of singing
and dancing in his memory.

References to pedophilia abound in the Talmud. They occupy
considerable sections of Treatises Kethuboth and Yebamoth and are
enthusiastically endorsed by the Talmud’s definitive legal work, Treatise
Sanhedrin.

The Pharisees Endorsed Child Sex

The rabbis of the Talmud are notorious for their legal
hairsplitting, and quibbling debates. But they share rare agreement about their
right to molest three year old girls. In contrast to many hotly debated issues,
hardly a hint of dissent rises against the prevailing opinion (expressed in
many clear passages) that pedophilia is not only normal but scriptural as well!
It’s as if the rabbis have found an exalted truth whose majesty silences
debate.

Because the Talmudic authorities who sanction pedophilia
are so renowned, and because pedophilia as “halakah” is so explicitly
emphasized, not even the translators of the Soncino edition of the Talmud
(1936) dared insert a footnote suggesting the slightest criticism. They only
comment: “Marriage, of course, was then at a far earlier age than now.” 3

In fact, footnote 5 to Sanhedrin 60b rejects the right of
a Talmudic rabbi to disagree with ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia:

“How could they [the rabbis], contrary to the opinion of R.
Simeon ben Yohai, which has scriptural support, forbid the marriage of the
young proselyte?” 4

1 Yebamoth 60b, p. 402.

2 Yebamoth 60b, p. 403.

3 Sanhedrin 76a.

4 In Yebamoth 60b, p. 404, Rabbi Zera disagrees that sex with girls under three
years and one day should be endorsed as halakah.

Out of Babylon

It was in Babylon
after the exile under Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC that Judaism’s leading sages probably
began to indulge in pedophilia. Babylon
was the staggeringly immoral capitol of the ancient world. For 1600 years, the
world’s largest population of Jews flourished within it.

As an example of their evil, Babylonian priests said a man’s religious duty
included regular sex with temple prostitutes. Bestiality was widely tolerated.
So Babylonians hardly cared whether a rabbi married a three year old girl.

But with expulsion of the Jews in the 11th century AD, mostly to western
Christian lands, Gentile tolerance of Jewish pedophilia abruptly ended.

Still, a shocking contradiction lingers: If Jews want to revere the
transcendent wisdom and moral guidance of the Pharisees and their Talmud, they
must accept the right of their greatest ancient sages to violate children. To
this hour, no synod of Judaism has repudiated their vile practice.

Sex with a “Minor” Permitted

What exactly did these sages say?

The Pharisees justified child rape by explaining that a boy of nine years was
not a “man” Thus they exempted him from God’s Mosaic Law:

“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination”
(Leviticus. 18:22)

One passage in the Talmud gives permission for a woman who molested her young
son to marry a high priest. It concludes,

“All agree that the (sexual) connection of a boy aged nine years and
a day is a real connection; whilst that of one less than eight years is
not.” Sanhedrin
69b 5

Because a boy under 9 is sexually immature, he can’t
“throw guilt” on the active offender, morally or legally. 6

“…the intercourse of a small boy is not regarded as a sexual
act.” 7

The Talmud also says,

“A male aged nine years and a day who cohabits with his
deceased brother’s wife acquires her (as wife).”8

Clearly, the Talmud teaches that a woman is permitted to
marry and have sex with a nine year old boy.

5 Sanhedrin 69b.

6 Sanhedrin 55a.

7 Footnote 1 to Kethuboth 11b.

8 Sanhedrin 55b.

Sex at Three Years and One Day

In contrast to Simeon ben Yohai’s dictum that sex with a
little girl is permitted under the age of three years, the general teaching of
the Talmud is that the rabbi must wait until a day after her third birthday.
She could be taken in marriage simply by the act of rape.

R. Joseph said: Come and hear! A maiden aged three years and a day
may be acquired in marriage by coition and if her deceased husband’s brother
cohabits with her, she becomes his. (Sanhedrin 55b)

A girl who is three years of age and one day may be betrothed by
cohabitation. . . .(. Yebamoth 57b)

A maiden aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by
coition, and if her deceased husband’s brother cohabited with her she becomes
his. (Sanhedrin. 69a, 69b, also discussed in Yebamoth. 60b)

It was taught: R. Simeon b. Yohai stated: A proselyte who is under the
age of three years and one day is permitted to marry a priest, for it is said,
But all the women children that have not known man by lying with him, keep
alive for yourselves, and Phineas (who was priest, the footnote says) surely
was with them. (Yebamoth. 60b)

[The Talmud says such three year and a day old girls are] . . . fit
for cohabitation. . . But all women children, that have not known man by lying
with him, it must be concluded that Scripture speaks of one who is fit for
cohabitation. (Footnote to Yebamoth. 60b)

The example of Phineas, a priest, himself marrying an
underage virgin of three years is considered by the Talmud as proof that such
infants are “fit for cohabitation.”

The Talmud teaches that an adult woman’s molestation of a
nine year old boy is “not a sexual act” and cannot “throw
guilt” upon her because the little boy is not truly a “man.” 9 But
they use opposite logic to sanction rape of little girls aged three years and
one day: Such infants they count as “women,” sexually mature and fully
responsible to comply with the requirements of marriage.

The Talmud footnotes 3 and 4 to Sanhedrin 55a clearly tell us when the rabbis
considered a boy and girl sexually mature and thus ready for marriage. “At
nine years a male attains sexual matureness… The sexual matureness of woman is
reached at the age of three.”

9 Sanhedrin 55a.

No Rights for Child Victims

The Pharisees were hardly ignorant of the trauma felt by
molested children. To complicate redress, the Talmud says a rape victim must
wait until she was of age before there would be any possibility of restitution.
She must prove that she lived and would live as a devoted Jewess, and she must
protest the loss of her virginity on the very hour she comes of age. “As soon
as she was of age one hour and did not protest she cannot protest any more.” 10

The Talmud defends these strict measures as necessary to
forestall the possibility of a Gentile child bride rebelling against Judaism
and spending the damages awarded to her as a heathen – an unthinkable
blasphemy! But the rights of the little girl were really of no great
consequence, for,

“When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is
nothing, for when the girl is less than this (three years and a day) it is as
if one put the finger into the eye.” The footnote says that as “tears come
to the eye again and again, so does virginity come back to the little girl
under three years.” Kethuboth
11b.

In most cases, the Talmud affirms the innocence of male
and female victims of pedophilia. Defenders of the Talmud claim this proves the
Talmud’s amazing moral advancement and benevolence toward children; they say it
contrasts favorably with “primitive” societies where the child would
have been stoned along with the adult perpetrator.

Actually, the rabbis, from self-protection, were intent on
proving the innocence of both parties involved in pedophilia: the child, but
more importantly, the pedophile. They stripped a little boy of his right to
“throw guilt” on his assailant and demanded complicity in sex from a
little girl. By thus providing no significant moral or legal recourse for the
child, the Talmud clearly reveals whose side it is on: the raping rabbi.

Pedophilia Widespread

Child rape was practiced in the highest circles of
Judaism. This is illustrated from Yebamoth. 60b:

There was a certain town in the land of Israel the legitimacy of
whose inhabitants was disputed, and Rabbi sent R. Romanos who conducted an
inquiry and found in it the daughter of a proselyte who was under the age of
three years and one day, and Rabbi declared her eligible to live with a priest.

The footnote says that she was “married to a priest” and
the rabbi simply permitted her to live with her husband, thus upholding
“halakah” as well as the dictum of Simeon ben Yohai,

“A proselyte who is under the age of three years and one day is
permitted to marry a priest.” 12

These child brides were expected to submit willingly to
sex. Yebamoth. 12b confirms that under eleven years and one day a little girl
is not permitted to use a contraceptive but “must carry on her marital
intercourse in the usual manner.”

In Sanhedrin 76b a blessing is given to the man who marries off his children
before they reach the age of puberty, with a contrasting curse on anyone who
waits longer. In fact, failure to have married off one’s daughter by the time
she is 12-1/2, the Talmud says, is as bad as one who “returns a lost article to
a Cuthean” (Gentile) – a deed for which “the Lord will not spare him.” 13 This
passage says:

“… it is meritorious to marry off one’s children whilst minors.”

The mind reels at the damage to the untold numbers of
girls who were sexually abused within Judaism during the heyday of pedophilia.
Such child abuse, definitely practiced in the second century, continued, at
least in Babylon, for another 900 years.

10 Kethuboth 11a.

11 Kethuboth 11b.

12 Yebamoth 60b.

13 Sanhedrin 76b.

A Fascination with Sex

Perusing the Talmud, one is overwhelmed with the recurrent
preoccupation with sex, especially by the most eminent rabbis. Dozens of
illustrations could be presented to illustrate the delight of the Pharisees to
discuss sex and quibble over its minutest details.

The rabbis endorsing child sex undoubtedly practiced what
they preached. Yet to this hour, their words are revered. Simeon ben Yohai is
honored by Orthodox Jews as one of the very greatest sages and spiritual lights
the world has ever known. A member of the earliest “Tannaim,” rabbis
most influential in creating the Talmud, he carries more authority to observant
Jews than Moses.

Today, the
Talmud’s outspoken pedophiles and child-rape advocates would doubtlessly spend
hard time in prison for child molestation.

The Oedipus complex was the invention of Sigmund
Freud! Freud originally discovered, in the treatments partially conducted under
hypnosis, that all his patients, both male and female, had been abused children
and recounted their histories in the language of symptoms. After reporting his
discovery in psychiatric circles, he found himself completely shunned because
none of his fellow psychiatrists was prepared to share the findings with him.
Freud could not bear the isolation for long. A few months later, in 1897, he
described his patients’ reports on sexual abuse as sheer fantasies attributable
to their instinctual wishes.

Freud’s father was a paedophile! In a letter to his
friend Wilhelm Fliess, he wrote:

“Unfortunately, my own father was one of these
perverts and is responsible for the hysteria of my brother (all of whose
symptoms are identifications) and those of several younger sisters. The
frequency of this circumstance often makes me wonder.”

Fliess’s son, Robert Fliess
exposed his own father as being another paedophile, who had sexually abused him
when he was a child.

vernon scarborough says:

The BBC and the NY Times use the word terrorist for attacks against British and American civilians, but not against Israeli civilians= big time double standard, bordering on anti-Semitism

RonL says:

What of the call to the French Consulate to warn the British? The British HQ refused to believe the warning or pass it on to what then became human shields for British Occupation HQ.

RonL says:

Anti-semitism, the original crime against ones IQ and sanity

RonL says:

Nazi misquotes and fabrications.

RonL says:

Clearly you don’t know the meaning of the words that they use. Not sure they they don’t allow dictionaries, but do allow computers at your sanitarium.

janbn says:

You too.

Joseph Kelsall says:

Your grandfather and Menachem Begin were both murdering terrorists. I put it down to the fact that they were both extremely ugly.There are still people alive in Liverpool UK who would gladly kill your grandfather after their experience at the King David Hotel. I wonder if the JP would like to interview a survivor?

Joseph Kelsall says:

What did the Arabs do to cause their eviction from their own country? Your argument was wiith Europe, so you invade an Asian country and kick out the inhabitants. Why didn’t you claim Austria?

Illegal and legal aren’t subjective, and Hamas didn’t exist which is kind of a hint that you’re just going into an oft repeated tangent.

You’re forgetting the part where the palestinians weren’t even consulted, it was just deemed by the brits and the UN, afterward the zionists attacked and started moving Palestinians out. This was plan Dalet, the zionists would agree to the territory they had just been granted but by no means did they ever intend to stop there.
When these negotiations were going on, the Palestinians did attempt offer solutions, no partition but a single state like they had been living in, at least with the anti-zionist orthodox. When this story is told by pro israels the pretense is that it was unihabited land, the UN divided it and gave each side half, but those nasty arabs rejected it. That’s not what happened and you all know it. This land was inhabited. For all those living there it was home and some of them could trace their history back 800 years. That’s one reason why the cemetery destruction is a crime. It’s ethnic cleansing of history.

Anyway, this piece is about the time of period of 1947-48. Things have to be discussed in their context, you can’t just bring up every issue and throw it in to cloud the subject matter or drag out the score card from time immemorial to prove who is the most to blame, but completely overlook the historical aspects and attempt to seeing all sides – honestly.

There have been suicide bombers but mothers don’t strap bombs to their children. Every time Israel puts one of it’s children in a uniform and sends then into the occupied territories to protect settlers or maintain the the oppressive its exactly the same thing, except it’s worse. Israelis are taking what is not theirs and subjugating the population for Lebensraum.

YourMom9999 says:

dumb.

YourMom9999 says:

:”pretty sure the British considered those participating in the American Revolution to be “terrorists” And you would be wrong. They were ‘rebels’. ‘Terrorism’, an act Israel engages in regularly, is something else entirely.

YourMom9999 says:

Um, you need to reach back to 1890 and the 1920′s…? Sad….

YourMom9999 says:

Nope. It’s a place where you Jews can hear the truth for once. Your government is viscous, evil and criminal. Welcome to the party, now get off your high horse.

beijingyank says:

No statute of limitations for murder. I think it is time your grandfather has a bow tie party. Hang that bastard by the neck until dead.

The King David Hotel was the headquarters of the British military
if that’s not a military target there is no such thing.
It wasn’t a pizza parlor where children hang out

This is getting a bit old in the tooth. But how about the Jews kicked out of Arab countries. There has never been a Arab Palestinian country in the history of the world. why Arab brothers
not take there brothers in. They said the divisions among the Arab countries.. Was created by evil Europeans.
what the Arabs can’t.have Is Jews in the Mideast
who do not have to kiss the feet of Muslims. They would be just as upset that there was a Christian state

Elizabeth Jarratt says:

Hello,

I’m currently doing my A-level coursework on this chosen subject of the King David Hotel.

Is there any chance I could ask you about your Grandfathers experiences more?

Thank you!

Fucking Jew Cunts. I hope your families get raped.

Graham Coffey says:

I am an Australian, of Irish heritage. I have closely followed the State of Israel since it’s inception. Following suggestions of recent years, that Israel is growing culturally ‘soft’ from within, I respectfully suggest that every Israeli citizen be constantly reminded of the price paid by their founding son’s and daughter’s…..as to never forget that their enjoyed freedom, comes at the price of eternal vigilance….and those of the 1940′s who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the Israeli State came to fruition.

To my mind……this was an excellent Post, as to sponsor never ending reflection.

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