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The Irgun (Hebrew: ארגון), (full title: Irgun Zevai Leumi) (from Hebrew: הארגון הצבאי הלאומי בארץ ישראל, "The National Military Organization in the Land of Israel"), was a Zionist paramilitary group in Palestine between 1931 and 1948.[1]


Irgun poster, 1931

Irgun is best known for the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946.[1]

In the 1940s, Irgun was labelled as a terrorist organization.[1]


Irgun is considered an early version of Ḥerut which was an Israeli political party.[1] Irgun is also an early version of today's Likud political party in Israel.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Irgun Zvai Leumi", Encyclopædia Britannica; retrieved 2012-5-31.
  2. Eisenstadt, S.N. (1985). The Transformation of Israeli Society, pp. 173–174.

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