He gained a reputation as a daring fighter who participated in many brazen attacks, including the failed assassination attempt against Harold MacMichael, the British High Commissioner for Palestine, in 1944.
Assassination of Lord Moyne
Moyne arrived in his car with his driver, Corporal 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 killed the driver. The two assassins fled on their bicycles, pursued by an Egyptian motorcycle policeman who had been alerted by Major Hughes-Onslow. Hakim tried to shoot the policeman but he fired back and Hakim fell, wounded. The two were surrounded by an angry mob until they were extracted by the police. Moyne 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.
- Gerold Frank, The Deed: The Assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, Simon and Schuster, 1963.
- Malkah Ben Tov. משפטם של אליהו חכים ואליהו בית-צורי [The Trial of Eliyahu Hakim and Eliyahu Bet - Zuri] (in Hebrew). Freedom Fighters of Israel - Lehi.
- אליהו חכים [Eliyahu Hakim] (in Hebrew). Freedom Fighters of Israel - Lehi.
- Dr. Yosef Nedava, "Hakim and Bet-Zuri," on the Daat website (Hebrew)
- Eliyahu Hakim biography on the Etzel website