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A right-wing Zionist organization founded in 1931. During the period when it was active (1937–48) it carried out violent attacks on Arabs and Britons in its campaign to establish a Jewish state; it was disbanded after the creation of Israel in 1948.
From modern Hebrew 'irgūn (ṣĕḇā'ī lĕ'ummī) ‘(national military) organization’.
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