The Bombing of the King David Hotel  (22 July 1946)

The Hagana (and thus Jewish Agency) conspire to protect the terrorists

CO 537/1715

At 11:00 the night of this most notorious terror attack of the Mandate period (though not, in fact, the worst in terms of loss of life), the Hagana issued a General Order enacting various measures to protect those responsible for the massacre.

The Yishuc would condemn the massacre, and the terrorists referred to as "criminals".

False names should be used and no identity cards produced; suspects should not sleep at their own address; special armed squads should return to their settlements until things calm; and should the British find an arms cache, an attack was to be launched at least one kilometre from the scene (apparently meaning a diversionary attack).

State of Terror, p144


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