Community ransom

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The community ransom (Hebrew: Kofer HaYishuv; כופר הישוב), or Yishuv ransom was a tax imposed by the Jewish National Council in Mandatory Palestine to finance central security operations and increase the size of the self-defence force known as the Haganah.[1] The principle of the tax was that those who could not make a physical contribution to the Haganah would pay a "ransom" to its treasury.[1] The money was collected through a tax on luxuries, cigarettes, restaurant bills and so on.[1]

The tax was formally introduced on 24 June 1938, during the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine, and abolished on the foundation of the state of Israel in May 1948.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Barnett, 1993, p. 304.


  • Barnett, Michael N. (1993). Confronting the Costs of War: Military Power, State, and Society in Egypt and Israel. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-00095-4

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