(1924 - )
Avni was born December 25, 1924, in Jerusalem,
as Yosef Danoch. After the establishment
of the State of Israel, he changed his name to Avni (his underground
cover name). Avni went to work as a locksmith at a young age, to help
provide for his family (learned his job at his cousins' workshop, the
At 16 Avni joined Betar and four years later (in 1942) joined the Irgun.
After the declaration of the Revolt (February 1944), Avni became part of the fighting force, and on top
of being in charge of arms dump in Jerusalem took part in many operations.
In the second attack on the British Intelligence offices in the Russian
Compound (December 27, 1945) Avni was in charge of the sappers unit.
He also took part in the attack on the King
David Hotel and the Schneller Army Camp.
Avni was arrested in 1947 and detained by the British in Latrun Camp.
Avni was released in March 1948 and took part in the conquest of Deir
Yassin, where he was wounded attacking the Muchtar's house.
Sources: The Irgun Site