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Orde Charles Wingate - "The Friend"

Major-General Orde Charles Wingate, (1903 –1944), was a British Army officer and commander, founder of various special military units in Palestine in the 1930s and during World War II. A devout Christian, Wingate became an ardent supporter of Zionism, seeing it as his religious duty to help the Jewish community in Palestine form a Jewish state. Assigned to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1936, he set about training members of the Haganah, the Jewish paramilitary organization, which became the Israel Defense Forces with the establishment in 1948 of the state of Israel. Wingate was a prominent figure among the architects of the new and improved Haganah. He arrived in Israel (then Palestine) in September 1936, as an expert in Arab affairs. When he first arrived, he bore the typical stance advocated by the British Mandate and Army; The Zionist Jews, who enjoyed global resources of aid and funding, came to Israel in order to overtake the underprivileged Arabs. Great Britain’s role in this scenario was to relieve the Palestinian Arabs of the Zionist abuse.

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