Haganah

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Haganah

A secret society formed by Jews in Palestine in 1920 to defend themselves against attacks by Arabs. It formed the nucleus of the eventual Israeli army.
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Noun1.Haganah - the clandestine military wing of the Jewish leadership during the British rule over the mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948; became the basis for the Israeli defense force
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion - Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
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UNRWA was established after the war surrounding the establishment of Israel in 1948 to aid the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced from their homes by Jewish terrorist groups such as the Irgun and the Hagannah. Today, the agency provides education, health care and social services to some five million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
After that, Shlomo moved to Palestine and joined the Hagannah. "I went on a ship to the besieged Jerusalem and fought in the War of Independence as a Jew, as Shlomo Perel."
[1963]; Douglas's Holocaust survivor in The Juggler [1953]; Newman's Hagannah fighter in Exodus [1960]), largely closeted their Jewishness off-screen.