David Ben-Gurion Asks for “the Baghdad material” for the Second Time
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DAVID BEN-GURION. [JUDAICA].
Autograph Letter Signed, to “Eisenberg.” London, England, August 30, 1938, 1 pp. On “Zionist Organisation” letterhead.
Complete Translation (from Hebrew)
Prior to my journey, I have asked to send me (inter alia) the material on the Arab Platoon. Unfortunately, I still haven’t received a word. I believed that for the time being, there was nothing. But today Goldman came from Paris and happened to ask me if I have seen the Baghdad material, and when I denied, he submitted a memo from A. Sason to Shertok dated 17.8.38 typed in stencil. Hence I learned that due to forgetfulness the material hasn’t been sent to me. I therefore ask you take care of the following:
A) To send me all the material since the day I left
B) From now on- to send me anything on the very same day of its arrival (including the Arab Policy review).
During the Arab Revolt of 1936-1939, the Haganah (a Jewish paramilitary organization existing from 1920-1948) was one of the primary Jewish defense forces. Although not formally recognized by the British administration, the British Security Forces worked with the Haganah throughout the rebellion. This letter reprimanding “Eisenberg” mentions the Arab Platoon- an elite undercover Arabic speaking unit of the Haganah. Shortly after the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the Haganah, along with a few smaller military organizations, were integrated into the Israel Defense Forces.
David Ben-Gurion (October 16, 1886 – December 1, 1973) Became the first prime minister of Israel on May 14, 1948 when he proclaimed the birth of the independent State of Israel. Prior to 1948, he had been a leader in the pioneering Labor movement and had headed the struggle for Jewish independence in Palestine. Ben-Gurion resigned from the government in 1953, only to be recalled to serve as defense minister in 1955. By the end of 1955 he was once again serving as prime minister while maintaining his position in the defense ministry. His ideology was staunchly democratic, and he was an ardent Zionist who believed the Zionist dream of an independent Jewish homeland could be fulfilled only through the presence of Jews in Israel.