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King David Hotel Attack... First Report...

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July 23, 1946

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, July 23, 1946

* 1st Major Terrorist Attack
* King David Hotel
* Jerusalem Israel

This 12 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "British Arrest Score of Jews As Terrorists" and "Hotel Bombers Dressed As Arabs, Eyewitness States; 48 Known Dead".
Other news of the day. Light browning, otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The King David Hotel bombing (July 22, 1946) was a bomb attack against the British Mandate government of Palestine and its armed forces by members of the Irgun, a militant Zionist organization, which was led at the time by Menachem Begin, a future Prime Minister of Israel.

Members of the Irgun, commanded by Yosef Avni and Yisrael Levi [1] and dressed as Arabs and as the Hotel's distinctive Sudanese waiters, planted a bomb in the basement of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, part of which was being used as the base for the Mandate Secretariat, the British military headquarters and a branch of the police Criminal Investigation Division. 91 people were killed, most of them staff of the secretariat and the hotel: 28 British, 41 Arab, 17 Jewish, and 5 other. Around 45 people were injured.

The attack on the hotel was the deadliest attack against the British in the history of the Mandate and is often credited as being a major factor in the British decision to relinquish the Mandate. If classed as terrorism, the attack was the most deadly one of that kind anywhere until the 1980s, when the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing and the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which blew up over Lockerbie in Scotland, occurred.

Category: The 20th Century