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6 Theft of Arms

(above) Soldiers of the Jewish Brigade with Jewish remnants, Italy, 1945. They are gathered around a Brigade truck clearly emblazoned with the Magen David.


"The only way that you could move them, the only way that you could organize them, was by utilizing, exploiting the British Army. We had no alternative. We had to exploit. We cheated, we lied, we stole. What didn't we do?"

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The Jewish Agency in Palestine needed arms to fight its future War of Independence, whether against the British or the Arabs.

Arms were in short supply in Palestine. Amidst the worldwide effort to procure arms legally or illegally, the Brigade played a special role.

In post-war Europe, they stole whatever they could lay their hands on and smuggled them to Palestine for later use.

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