Decorations issued by the underground organizations active till 1948
We present here the decorations that were awarded by the Jewish underground organizations to their members. These medals were never recognized by the Israeli authorities as medals of the State of Israel.
 

Haganah
Haganah (Hebrew for  "Defense") was a Jewish paramilitary organization in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948, which later became the core of the Israel Defense Forces.
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Palmach
The Palmach (acronym for Plugot Machatz, "strike force") was the regular fighting force of the Haganah and was established on May 15, 1941. By the outbreak of the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, it consisted of three fighting brigades and auxiliary aerial, naval and intelligence units.
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Etzel (Irgun)
Irgun (shorthand for HaIrgun HaTzva'i HaLe'umi BeEretz Yisra'el, "National Military Organization in the Land of Israel") was a militant Zionist group that operated in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine between 1931 and 1948. It was established as an offshoot of the earlier and larger Haganah.
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  Etzel "Prisoners Award" medal - front