NAME: Mizrahi, Ezra

LEHI ALIAS: Naphtali


DATE OF DEATH: October 1, 2001

Ezra was born in Jerusalem in 1931 in the Nahalaot neighborhood. His father Yaakov was a peddler, while his mother was a homemaker. The family was observant; one of Ezra’s sisters ended up joining IZL eventually. He went to school but was not able to complete his studies.

Ezra ended up in Lehi due to a friend, whom Ezra pestered for a long time until the friend agreed to make contact with the underground. In the end in June 1946, at age fifteen, he joined Lehi. His swearing-in was to take place at night in a cave on Shmuel HaNavi Street, but he was stopped by the British policemen and beaten with their nightsticks, for no reason at all. He saw great symbolism in this occurrence, sharpening his recognition of the fact that the yoke of the British had to be cast off. Like the other youths, his first duty was putting up posters. Later, after he had been trained on weapons, he was involved in various operations, including attacking two detectives who had left Café Vienna, opposite Zion Cinema, as well as seizing weapons from British soldiers on King George Street. When they started fighting the Arabs, he joined the attacks on Der Yassin and Malha.

After the Bernadotte assassination, he joined IZL; when that disbanded, he joined the IDF, Battalion 151. Later, he served at al-Faluja, located 30 kilometers northeast of Gaza City, until the Egyptians retreated. He was discharged in August 1950, and he went to work in construction. In 1953, he enlisted in the Border Police. While serving, he competed his education, retiring in 1980, due to health reasons, as a master sergeant.

He married Dalia Hai in 1954. They have three daughters, two sons and numerous grandchildren.