in Jerusalem on July 26, 1926, to a poor
family of Iraqi origin. At the age of 12,
he left his studies to help support his
family, and a year later he joined Betar.
At the age of 17 he enlisted in the British
army, after forging his birth certificate.
On demobilization, in
1946, he became a member of the Irgun. At
first he was active in recruitment and propaganda
work, and then moved to the Fighting Force.
He took part in several operations, sometimes
with Avshalom Haviv, his commander in their
final operation, the Acre prison-break (may
4, 1947). He was captured (together with
two of his comrades: Avshalom Haviv and
Yaakov Weiss) by the British. The three
Irgun fighters were tried and sentenced
to death. On July 29, 1947 Meir Nakar was
heanged at the Acre jail, together with
Haviv and Weis. He was 21 when he went to
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