Origins of the Israeli Polity: Palestine under the Mandate

By Dan Horowitz; Moshe Lissak | Go to book overview

Glossary
Agudat Israel (Federation
of Israel)
A non-Zionist Orthodox party founded in
1912 in Eastern Europe. It was the strong-
est political party among the Orthodox
communities in Eastern Europe until
World War II. Its members in Palestine
did not participate in Knesset Israel.
Ahdut Ha'avoda (Unity
of Labor)
A Socialist Zionist party founded in 1919.
In the 1920s it was the largest party within
the Labor movement. In 1930 it merged
with Hapoel Hatzair to form a new party
--Mapai.
Ezrahim (Citizens) A name given to the non-Labor sector of
the Jewish community in Palestine. In its
broader sense the term was similar to the
French "bourgeois." In its narrower sense
it was used to describe the non-Revisionist,
nonreligious, antilabor groups in the
Yishuv.
Hagana (Defense) A paramilitary organization founded in
1920, supervised by the Histadrut during
the 1920s and by the Jewish Agency and
Va'ad Leumi since 1930. Its forces were
the backbone of Jewish defense during the
Arab revolt in 1936-39 and carried the
main burden of the war against the Arabs
in early stages of the War of Independence.
Hakibbutz Ha'artzi A federation of Kibbutzim, founded in
1927 by Kibbutzim whose members be-
longed to Hashomer Hatzair youth move-
ment. It later affiliated to the Hashomer

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