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Eliyahu Hakim
Native name אליהו חכים
Born January 2, 1925
Died March 22, 1945 (Aged 20)
Place of birth Beirut, Lebanon
Place of death Cairo, Egypt
Buried at Jerusalem, Israel
Allegiance Lehi Logo of the Lehi movement.svg

Eliyahu Hakim (Hebrew: אליהו חכים </noinclude>; January 2, 1925–March 22, 1945) was a Lehi member, known for taking part in the 1944 assassination of Lord Moyne, the British Minister Resident in the Middle East.


Born in Beirut, Lebanon to a Lebanese-Jewish family, Hakim moved to Mandatory Palestine with his family when he was seven. He grew up in the port city of Haifa. As a teenager, he joined Lehi, but then volunteered for the British Army during World War II. Posted to Cairo, Hakim deserted in order to continue his anti-British activities on behalf of Lehi. As a member of Lehi, he participated in an assassination attempt against Harold MacMichael, the British High Commissioner for Palestine, in 1944. His team ambushed MacMichael's car, slightly wounding him and his driver and severely wounding his adjutant, but failing to kill anyone.

Assassination of Lord Moyne

Hakim and Bet-Zuri

Grave of Eliyahu Hakim

On November 6, 1944, Hakim, along with Eliyahu Bet-Zuri carried out the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo. Moyne arrived in his car with his army driver, Lance Corporal A. Fuller, his secretary, Dorothy Osmond, and his ADC, Major Andrew Hughes-Onslow. The ADC went to open the front door of the residence and the driver got out to open the door for Moyne. Hakim then pulled the car door open and shot Moyne three times, while Bet-Zuri shot and killed the driver. The two assassins fled on their bicycles, pursued by an Egyptian motorcycle policeman who had been alerted by Major Hughes-Onslow. The two were captured and surrounded by an angry mob until they were extracted by the police. Moyne, seriously wounded, was rushed to hospital but died of his wounds that evening.

Hakim and Bet-Zuri were caught immediately and put on trial before a military court. They were convicted and sentenced to death. Both were hanged in Cairo on 22 March 1945, singing Hatikvah, the Zionist anthem, on the gallows.


Hakim and Bet-Zuri's remains were brought to Israel in 1975 and reburied on Mount Herzl with full military honors. Street named after Hakim are located in all Israeli main cities: French Carmel neighborhood of Haifa, Northern Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheba.[1]



  • Gerold Frank, The Deed: The Assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, Simon and Schuster, 1963.

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