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dc.contributor.authorHoffman, Bruce
dc.identifier.citationHoffman , B 2020 , ' The bombing of The King David Hotel, July 1946 ' , Small Wars and Insurgencies , vol. 31 , no. 3 , pp. 594-611 .
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dc.description.abstractOn 22 July 1946, the Irgun Zvai Le’umi (National Military Organization), a Jewish terrorist organization opposed to Britain’s continued rule of Palestine, bombed Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. The incident has always been controversial given the fact that the facility was not an ordinary hotel, but also the nerve center of British rule over that country — housing its military headquarters, intelligence stations, and government secretariat. Further, at the time it was claimed that warnings were issued to evacuate the hotel that British officials callously ignored. This article addresses three key three questions surrounding the bombing: Was the King David Hotel in fact a legitimate military target? Were warnings in fact given to evacuate the hotel? And, if so, why wasn’t the hotel evacuated? The answers, while critical in reaching an accurate accounting and factual understanding of a highly controversial event, interestingly also shed light on the efficacy and morality of terrorism as an instrument of national liberation and agent of political change.
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dc.subjectBritish Mandate for Palestineen
dc.subjectIrgun Zvai Le’umien
dc.subjectKing David Hotelen
dc.subjectMenachem Beginen
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.subjectPolitical Science and International Relationsen
dc.titleThe bombing of The King David Hotel, July 1946en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of International Relationsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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