HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 cc556-7W
Squadron-Leader Fleming

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Irgun Zvai Leumi is controlled in any way by the New Zionist Organisation, or by any other Jewish body in Palestine or elsewhere; or whether it is an entirely independent association deriving its membership from all the other Jewish parties and organisations.

Colonel Stanley

The Irgun Zvai Leumi was formed in 1937 by the late Vladimir Jabotinsky, the leader of the New Zionist Organisation. A representative of this body has recently stated that the Irgun does not accept its discipline and does not consult it as to its activities. I should prefer not to specify its exact affiliations, but it is certainly not controlled by any reputable or responsible Jewish body.