Yehuda was born on 27.8.1892 in Tiberias while his parents, Hayim Shlomo and Zipporah, of Hebron, were staying there. The family then went back to Hebron, where he was raised and educated, until age eight. He then returned to Tiberias, until age eleven, then went back to Hebron. During World War I, the Jews were ordered to accept Ottoman citizenship or leave the Land of Israel. However, the Spanish consul was able to offer Spanish citizenship to thousands of Jews, which allowed them to avoid this decree (and the Ottoman draft). The family was registered as hailing from Melilla, a city owned by Spain but sharing a border with Morocco.
The father owned the Eshel Avraham Hotel, and they were well-off. Yehuda worked with his father. When the massacre occurred in Hebron in 1929, the family hid and survived. In his book, Oh, Hebron, Hebron! he described the slaughter, the betrayal by the British authorities and their collaboration with the Arabs, as well as the Hagana’s refusal to extend help on time. In his hopeless, Yehuda decamped for Venezuela, but he could not adapt to life there, and nine months later, he returned to the Land of Israel. He joined the Revisionist Party and was influenced by lectures given by Dr. Yevin and Abba Ahimeir.
Yehuda headed the chapter in Jerusalem. In 1937, when he went to pray on the Sabbath at the Western Wall, he was shot by an Arab and wounded. When the IZL launched retributive attacks, he was arrested and sent to Acre Prison. Because of his health problems, he was released but “exiled” to Safed, where he continued working with Beitar and even met Shlomo Ben-Yosef.
In 1938, he travelled on party business to Poland, where he met Jabotinsky and, for the first time, Yair, whose philosophy he found captivating. Later, he went to Poland again, this time on a mission for Yair, with his Spanish passport. In Poland, he organized the resistance cells of the IZL. After returning to the Land of Israel, he witnessed the split and followed Yair. A few weeks after Yair was murdered, Yehuda was arrested, and after a short amount of time in Acre, he was transferred to Mizra.
In the winter of 1946, after the King David Hotel bombing, he was once again briefly arrested. He was also arrested in 1947 for an altercation with Arabs over the Partition Plan. He was active in Lehi in Jerusalem, helping its commander, Yehoshua Zattler (Meir) maintain lines of communication with community representatives, rabbis and others. He also dealt with the administration of the Lehi camps. Because he had good relations with Abu Ghosh, he acquired weapons and ammunition for the movement.
He passed away on 29.6.1971.