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September 26, 1947: Killings in British mandate Palestine

On this day in 1947 the Israeli terrorist group Irgun killed four British policeman during a bank robbery.

JERUSALEM, BRITISH MANDATE – When we think of modern day Israel and Palestine we generally see terrorism as a product of the latter: it was not always that way.

Is there any conflict more intractable than the Israel-Palestine one? These two have been going at it for what seems like forever, fighting over the same plot of land both sides say ‘god’ gave them. As a result there has been a lot of death and destruction on both ends.

Yeah? Well MY god is better than YOUR god! (Photo: Joseph Shemuel on flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In recent years we hear a lot about Palestinian terrorist groupsHamas is currently the most infamous I imagine – which carry out attacks in Israel proper. Israel has done a good job of creating the image that it is on the receiving – and not the giving – end of terrorism.

It was not always the case.

On this day in 1947

The Israeli terrorist group Irgun killed four British policeman during a bank robbery. The Irgun was the dominant Jewish terrorist organisation of its day, both in size and the number and frequency of its attacks

Irgun activities are stupid and meaningless acts of provocation, wanton deeds of fascism, senseless and vicious and criminal lunacy.

Reports from Jewish newspapers.

It is always best to remember that when it comes to terrorist violence there are usually multiple interpretations as to who is who.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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