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Eliahu Amikam, Leader Of Jewish Underground, Dies

August 14, 1995

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Eliahu Amikam, a journalist and former leader of the World War II-era Jewish underground group known as the Stern Gang, died Monday in Tel Aviv. He was 80.

Amikam worked for many years for the daily newspaper Yediot Ahronot.

Unlike other underground groups fighting for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, the Stern Gang _ known in Hebrew as Lehi, an acronym for Israel Freedom Fighters _ continued to attack British soldiers and police during World War II.

Lehi, the most militant of the pre-state underground groups, carried out the 1944 assassination of Lord Moyne, the British minister for the Middle East, and was blamed for the 1948 assassination of the U.N. mediator in Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte.

Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir commanded Lehi in the 1940s.

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