A Death in Jerusalem
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An account of the 1948 assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish U.N. mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, discusses his murder by the Israeli Stern Gang, whose membership included Yitzhak Shamir, and the reasons for the killing. 12,500 first printing.
examination of the site would be effective. . . . Had Rabinovitch cordoned off the scene of the crime, he would have prevented, at all events after his arrival there and during the night, strange persons or even persons connected with the crime, from removing bullets and cartridge cases, or other objects which might have been dropped by the assailants during their flight. . . .” The Agranat Committee’s harshest indictment against the police was for its bungled handling of the most important
as Lehi—Lohmey Heruth Israel, Fighters for the Freedom of Israel. Among Avraham Stern’s most enthusiastic recruits were boys who had stood on the Palestinian coast and seen the “little death ships” collapse under the weight of their human cargo, leaving hundreds to drown, or watched them sail slowly away, back to the continent they had tried to flee. Yitzhak Yezernistsky responded to Stern’s magnetic zealotry. “I heard a lot about him before I met him,” Yezernitsky/Shamir recalled decades
heard both Folke Bernadotte’s name and his voice on their airwaves. On October 20, 1943, a special NBC News broadcast from aboard the hospital ship Atlantis, in port at Göteborg, carried this report by correspondent David Anderson: “As I came on this ship less than a half hour ago, wounded German soldiers were being disembarked on stretchers. . . . Before she leaves port she will have on board somewhere around 8,000 British wounded or protected personnel who will be repatriated. Her Red Cross
Creech-Jones, told the United Nations that he had been “instructed by His Majesty’s Government to announce with all solemnity, that they have . . . decided that in the absence of a settlement they must plan for an early withdrawal of British forces and of the British administration from Palestine.” The colonial secretary did not specify the date this withdrawal from Palestine would take place, but less than a month later, Creech-Jones said that London “would not accept responsibility for the
economist with no military experience, recalled the first truce violation. “Foreign Minister Shertok called me and told me in a very agitated way, ‘The Arabs are shooting.’ I decided I’d better go myself and have a look. He gave me a car and a driver, a Jew who spoke Arabic and had lived in the area in question since childhood. We tore off with a white flag flying. When we got near this village, I jumped out of the car and started walking. From behind a tree an Arab captain spotted me. He spoke a