the deed Hardcover – January 1, 1963
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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As Frank shows, nothing is as simple as it seems. When is a freedom fighter a terrorist? At what threshold of colonial oppression is violence justified? You may not agree with the author (or me, for that matter) but it is worth the effort to challenge your convictions and expand your horizons.
Lord Moyne (or the Right Honorable Walter Edward Guinness, first Baron Moyne) served as British Minister of State in the Middle East, and as such represented the government that until 1944 so oppressed the Jewish people in their internationally declared homeland. In 1922, 1929 and 1936, when Arab riots erupted and Jewish families were slaughtered unmercifully and carved to pieces, the British government reacted by arresting all Jewish men found to own a firearm for use in self defense and sentencing the victims to 7 years of imprisonment.
Moyne's own personal record was nothing to be proud of: "My dear fellow, whatever would I do with a million Jews?" he had asked Joel Brand, a Hungarian Jew who upon his capture claimed that Hitler had agreed to release that many Jews from death camps upon receipt of 10,000 trucks and quantities of tea, coffee, soap and other goods. He had certainly done nothing, moreover, to aid the escape of Jews from Nazi Europe to their internationally mandated home in Palestine.
It was for those reasons, among others, that Itzhak Yizernitsky (Shamir) and Israel Sheib, aka Sambation, had determined many months before the deed that Moyne was to pay with his life for his and British crimes against the Jewish people. They had chosen to commit the murder two young Zionists, Eliyahu Hakim and Eliyahu Bet Zouri, men from Tel Aviv and Haifa who had witnessed first hand the Arab massacres of Jews and the defenselessness that British mandate government imposed on the Jewish people. There was no question where mandatory favor lay at this particular juncture of history, and both young men intended to do something about it, though that ultimately cost them their lives.
This book takes into account Jewish human rights, as well as Arab rights. Read it.
--Alyssa A. Lappen
The central justification provided involves Joel Brand. Joel Brand, a Hungarian Jew, was sent to Egypt in 1944 by Adolf Eichmann and Himmler with a proposal to trade a million jewish lives for a large amount of allied war supplies. Among the german goals in making the offer was an attempt to break the alliance with the soviet union. Joel Brand had particular reason to dislike Moyne because the British had treated him as a german agent and imprisoned him temporarily in Cairo.
Lord Moyne refused to treat the offer seriously. Brand was angry and eventually fell in with the LEHI (Stern Gang) in Palestine. Since 1940, the Stern Gang had been trying to make a alliance with the germans and there seems to have been outrage that Moyne had turned down what they saw as a reasonable offer by Eichmann. Brand and the book both pretend that the only reason that Lord Moyne would have rejected this deal with the Nazis was hatred. This claim is backed up by LEHI member/Eichmann envoy Joel Brand. But no British or American official would ever have made such a deal. Sending large amounts of war supplies to the enemy for whatever reason was not going to happen. Even moreso, war supplies were not going to be sent under terms where they would be used only against the soviet union.
Lord Moyne served in high office in Egypt from 1942 to 1944. He had nothing to do with British pre-war policy in Palestine and while his office was indirectly responsible for Palestine, he had made no particular controversial policies or decisions with regard to Palestine. His murder accomplished nothing aside from getting Lehi/Stern rightfully branded as terrorists and traitors by the Jewish Agency itself.
If you want a one-sided argument in favor of a terrorist murder, this book is for you. If you want to understand the actual events, look elsewhere.