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Sergeant Shlomo Tabori
Training by the Jordan river
Special Night Squad
Photo: Bitmuna
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'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

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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