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Sergeant Shlomo Tabori
Sergeant Shlomo Tabori 
Training by the Jordan river
Training by the Jordan river 
Special Night Squad
Special Night Squad 
לא לשימוש ביתמונה לוגו לוגואים Photo: Bitmuna
לא לשימוש ביתמונה לוגו לוגואים Photo: Bitmuna

'The Friend' fights back

In 1936, as the Arab Revolt broke out, a young British officer arrived to Israel. His name was Orde Wingate. To counter the attacks of Arab guerillas on the Jewish communities, Wingate created Special Night Squads; British led Jewish commandos. Shlomo Tabori joined the commandos, he documented their activities with his camera

Nadav Man, Bitmuna
Published: 04.20.07, 21:08 / Israel Travel

In 1936 Arab guerrillas begun a campaign of attacks against both British mandate officials and Jewish communities in Palestine, which became known as the Arab Revolt. During the same year a young British Artillery Officer named Orde Charles Wingate arrived in Palestine.


From his arrival, Wingate saw the creation of a Jewish State in Palestine as being a religious duty toward the literal fulfillment of Christian prophecy and he immediately put himself into absolute alliance with Jewish political leaders; an alliance which later won him the nickname "The Friend."


In 1938 Wingate created the Special Night Squads (SNS) armed groups formed of British and Haganah volunteers. Wingate trained and commanded them and accompanied them on their patrols.


Shlomo Tabori a new immigrant from Transylvania joined the SNS and documented their activities with his camera.


We bring you a selection of photos from Tabori's album.


 Captain Orde Charles Wingate


 With Moshe Sharett (second Prime Minister of Israel),  at a friend's funeral


Reinforcement on its way to kibbutz Tel Amal


Special Night Squad's camp


 Pledging allegiance to his Royal Highness, King of Britain


 Squad's British troops


 On the border with Lebanon


Hermon Hotel in Metula (Tabori on the left)


With Arab leaders


Back to camp


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