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  6/19/2013, Tammuz 11, 5773

Lechi Veteran Praises Past Help from Abu Ghosh


In the wake of the controversial graffiti incident in Abu Ghosh, a mostly Arabic-speaking community in northern Israel, Israeli icon Geula Cohen discussed her past experiences. Cohen, a veteran of Lohamei Herit Ysiarel - The Fighters for the Freedom of Israel, known by its acronym Lechi, told Arutz Sheva news on Wednesday that residents of Abu Ghosh helped her in the struggle against the British occupation. "They saw us as partners against the British," she stated of the community located north of Jerusalem whose residents are mostly of Circassian decent.

Cohen stated that the British arrested her for running the Lechi radio broadcasts and incarcerated her in a Jerusalem prison.  Two residents of Abu Ghosh helped her dye her hair blonde and dress her up in an Arab style headscarf and veil. She was able to climb out a window and escape. The full story of Cohen's experiences are in her book "The Voice of Valor".