The Student Sent to Help Kill the Mufti

In 1948, Ya’akov Shafrir was sent to take pictures of the path leading to the home of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, a reconassiance mission for a potential assassination attempt. The incident still haunts him, nearly 70 years on.

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In January 1948, months prior to Israel’s independence, Ya’akov Shafrir was sent on a special mission. An economics student at the Hebrew University who supported himself as a photographer and served in the...