I had already posted something short about that Economist review of the new book on Yair Stern (..Yair was a terrorist? and here I thought he was a hero of the Hebrew national resistance against an oppressive Mandatory regime that reneged on its international commitments and responsibilities,...).but now have some more material to relate to, other than the name claim.
Patrick Bishop sets out in detail the story of the British manhunt to root out “Herr” Stern and his small band of “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel”, better known by its Hebrew acronym, Lehi. As long as Stern’s men were perpetrating atrocities against Palestinians, the British continued to hold the ring. His militants sewed explosive vests and planted bombs in chocolate boxes and milk-churns in Arab cinemas, cafés and markets.
Stern (who called him "Herr"? the British? Bishop?) although a member of the Irgun High Command at that specific time, 1937-1939, had not yet founded the Lechi which was in June 1940. And the Arabs were targets because they had launched, yet again, a round of terror - this one lasting almost three years and killing over 500 Jewish civilians - which the British could not adequately contain until they themselves began being assassinated and blown up.
the British were loth to leave Axis sympathisers on the loose in Palestine
Strictly speaking, Stern was most certainly not an "Axis sympathizer". He sought German assistance against Great Britain so as to force England to reverse its death-knell White Paper policy of March 17, 1939 which, as we now know, itself sympathized with Nazi Germany's Holocaust plans for the destrcution of European Jewry and the etxermination of the Jews who could not get into then Mandate Palestine as the gates of immigration were shut. In essence, the Mandatory regime was being complicit to the Holocaust.
And as for naming children after heroes, how many in England carry the name of ... Neville?