NAME: Taizi, Shmuel

LEHI ALIAS: Ben Shalom


DATE FALLEN: October 16, 1948

Shmuel was born in 1926 in Aden, Yemen, to Shalom and Hannah Taizi. In 1929, while the riots were raging, the family made aliyah and settled in Kerem HaTeimanim. At the age of four, he began studying in the Talmud Torah in Tel Aviv. In the evening, this was a training site for the Nationalist Hagana and the early IZL, providing the background for the ideological development of many people from Kerem HaTeimanim and directing them towards the two national underground movements to fight the foreign occupier.

Shmuel was an excellent student, but his father’s untimely death and his family’s precious financial situation forced him to abandon his studies and go out to work. He became an expert in tilework. Nevertheless, he joined Lehi. His nickname was Ben-Shalom. Shmuel took part in many combat operations, and he was made a cell commander. He had the reputation of always carrying out his mission, regardless of the level of difficulty or danger. He would tell his comrades: “Whatever they tell you to do in order to hasten the redemption, do it. It makes no difference if, in your eyes, the matter is small or great.”

In his house, he had a cache of arms and ammunition; the members of his cell would come to him to arm themselves before going out on missions. Before they left, he would look at every one of his family members, without saying a word, so that he could bear that person’s memory in his heart. He never told them the details of his underground activity, but the tales of his daring made their way back to Kerem HaTeimanim, and to his family. Shmuel was as true friend, known for his honesty and compassion.

In 1947, he married Sarah Hindi. Although she was pregnant, Shmuel continued to go out to provide supplies and weapons to fighters in besieged Jerusalem; he also took part in the battles for it. He also fought with Lehi in the Shefela and Sharon, against the Arabs. In May 1948, he joined the raiding Battalion 89 with his Lehi comrades, fighting in Operation Danny.

He never made it to the major battles in the south, as he was killed during physical training in the early days of Operation Yoav. He was buried on October 16,1948 in the military section of Nahalat Yitzhak Cemetery. He left behind his wife Sarah, and their daughter Shmuela was born after his death.