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V: HERUT

[Page 19] As an activist organisation of Zionist stormtroopers the 62-Group has been overshadowed in recent years by Herut, an Israeli political party.

Herut is the largest opposition party in Israel and is headed by the Irgun terrorist, Menachem Begin. Before 1948 when Israel gained its independence the Irgun gained a worldwide reputation for anti-Arab and anti-British atrocities.



        MENACHEM BEGIN

"You shall have no pity on them until we shall have detroyed their so-called Arab culture, on the ruins of which we shall build our own civilisation."

Zionists may work for the destruction of other peoples' freedom and identity, but are fanatical in their support for Israel.



Amongst the worst of these was the murder of over 250 Arab villagers in Deir Yassin. These included 25 pregnant women (their bodies were ripped open with bayonets), 52 mothers with young children, and 60 other women and young girls. International Red Cross representatives found the bodies of 150 women and children in a well. The massacre ranked with the war-time German [Page 20] Nazi mass murder of French citizens at Oradour and the Czechs of Lidice. Another crime committed by the Irgun was the kidnapping and torture of British Army Sergeants Clifford Martin and Mervyn Paice. When United Kingdom authorities refused to release lrgun gunmen who had been tried and convicted of murders by proper process of law, Sgts. Paice and Martin were slow hanged with wire from eucalyptus trees by the lrgun in an act of brutality strongly evocative of SS methods.



 
Arab bodies after the massacre at Deir Yassin


At a conference in Tel Aviv on October 28th 1956, Begin declared: "You Israelites, you should never become lenient if you kill your enemies. You shall have no pity on them until we shall have destroyed their so-called Arab culture, on the ruins of which we shall build our own civilisation."

HERUT IN BRITAIN

The "British" section of Herut was formed some 5 years ago, has a full-time general secretary, and boasts a membership of over 5,000. Its chairman is George Evnine, and its vice-chairman Malvyn Benjamin.

It has two youth groups: Young Herut under the chairmanship of Ronnie Jacobs which caters for those aged 18–35, and Betar which caters for those under 18. It also has an official journal entitled Zionist Standard.

It is now based at Tel Hai, 71 Compayne Gardens, London NW6. This West Hampstead headquarters, which it shares with the Polish-Jewish Ex-Servicemen's Association, was opened in October 1974.

An anti-Palestinian leaflet produced by Essex Branch of Herut berated Jews for not being active in the Zionist cause, and asked them – quite irrelevantly – whether they would do nothing until a National Front government was in power at Westminster. Although Herut supports the idea of an Israel from the Nile to the Euphratees, it is quite hostile to any upsurge of British Nationalism.

Young Herut members have recently achieved notoriety for breaking up film shows put on by MERAG, a Jewish but anti-Zionist group. A story was floated in the Morning Star which attempted to shift responsibility for these [Page 21] attacks by suggesting that the National Front was to blame. This is yet another typical example of the way in which certain interests are trying to provoke a conflict between the National Front and the ordinary Jewish community.

Herut is also suspected of being behind a sticker campaign ostensibly designed to resist anti-Semitism, but which is far more likely to stir it up. One sticker is headed Direct Action Zionist Group and states: "Captain Roy Farrar (and henchmen) wanted for homicide under British Mandate, Palestine 1947." Another one reads: "Remember Dov Gruner hanged under British Mandate Resist Anti-Semitism in Britain."

These stickers fit perfectly the pattern which has been identified. Vested interests are at work attempting to stir up a conflict between British Nationalism and the Jewish Community, some motivated by a desire to stop the rise of British Nationalism, some motivated by a desire to promote immigration to Israel, and some motivated by both.




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