Veterans of pre-state Zionist militia up in arms over ‚misleading‘ Habima play

11.01.2012                      16.Tewet. 5772

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Veterans of pre-state Zionist militia up in arms over 'misleading' Habima play

Play unjustly accuses the underground Lehi of persecuting Jewish women who conducted romances with British soldiers under British Mandate, say veterans.

Veterans of the prestate underground Lehi are demanding changes in Hillel Mittelpunkt's play "Railway to Damascus", charging that it paints the organization in a false and offensive light.
Specifically, said the Lehi Veterans organization, it accuses the underground of persecuting Jewish women who conducted romances with British soldiers during the British Mandate. The play includes several scenes of Lehi (also known as the "Stern Gang" ) members engaging in unnecessary violence, it said, reaching a climax in the Lehi characters' brutal execution of a Jewess named Nini who had a daughter with a British officer. Lehi's "verdict" deems her relationship with the officer "treason against the homeland and the Hebrew people" and "collaboration with the British enemy"….