By Mordechai Bar-On
Twelve Israeli historians and writers revisit the exterior and inner conflicts that experience characterised Israeli historical past to supply context, research, and classes for the longer term.
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Many of 34 A Never-Ending Conflict the Haganah's commanders formally served as Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the JSP but were actually nominees of the Haganah. Weapons stored in the several JSP stations were used to train Haganah members. The British, who were at this stage fighting the Arab rebels, having an interest in that arrangement, closed at least one eye to those semilegal activities of the Jews. In the summer of 1938, in the wake of a further decrease in the size of the British garrison in Palestine, a sharp increase in acts of terror against British and Jewish personnel provoked a few retaliatory attacks perpetrated by a Jewish group which had recently splintered from the Haganah.
The British were assisted by Jews who were well acquainted with the area. They experienced no losses but on the Arab side four deaths and two injuries were sustained. With a large number of Palestinians detained for further investigations, the police could assume routine control of the towns. The moral effect of the successful operation was highly significant. Jaffa ceased to be the major hotbed for trouble makers. 49 It became obvious that the rebels were losing ground. The appearance of the "Peace Gangs" in the Palestinian community gave the best indication of this transformation.
Wild rumors spread regarding the clashes in Tel Aviv in the wake of Hazan's funeral. The attempt of the police to dispel these rumors and calm spirits was met with utmost disbelief by the Arab masses. A large crowd besieged the police station in town, demanding to be shown the bodies of four Arabs who according to the rumors were killed by Jews. The police lost control of the situation, with riots breaking out throughout Jaffa. The train of violence now raced full steam and could not be stopped.