After Hitler’s Holocaust, British bombs against Jews


This video says about itself:

Exodus – Trailer (1960)

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate.

From The Upshot blog:

Mon Sep 20, 2:34 pm ET

Britain bombed ships that were to transport Jews after Holocaust

By Brett Michael Dykes

The British government used bombs and covert tactics to try to thwart the settlement of Palestine by post-World War II Jewish refugees, according to a new book by Keith Jeffery, titled “MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949.” The British government has independently verified Jeffery’s revelation. Jeffery, a historian from Northern Ireland, notes that his book was “published with the permission of the Secret Intelligence Service and the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.”

According to Jeffery, the British undertook the effort — dubbed, oddly enough, Operation Embarrass — in order to curry favor with oil-rich Arab states upset over the Jewish migration to the Middle East. The Daily Beast’s Andrew Roberts broke the news of the book’s disclosures.

MI6, Britain’s secret intelligence service, planted explosives to disable ships before they could transport Jewish men, women and children from Europe to Palestine. Britain controlled Palestine at the time and, partly due to pressure from wartime Arab allies, adopted a policy of strictly limiting Jewish migration to British-controlled lands in the region. In May 1948, the British left and Israel declared independence.

In addition to the direct physical sabotage, Roberts notes, the British launched a disinformation and propaganda campaign to impede the settlement.

Launched on Feb. 14, 1947, Operation Embarrass operated with a budget equivalent to $47,000 — not an insignificant amount at the time. It began by dispatching a team of agents to France. The spies — traveling under the guise of yachtsmen — planted bombs on five ships docked in Italian ports in the summer of 1947 and early 1948. One ship was destroyed, two damaged; the explosives were discovered on the other two ships before they were detonated. British authorities were able to escape responsibility because the Italian investigators ruled out the idea of British-sponsored attacks on the ships. Instead, the Italians believed the likely culprits were Arabs using British-made explosives.

According to Jeffery, “the primary consideration” of the mission was “that no proof could ever be established between positive action against this traffic and His Majesty’s Government.” In the event they were caught, British agents were under orders to claim that they’d been recruited in New York by anti-communist businessmen working “mainly in the oil and aircraft industries.” Or as the Daily Beast’s Roberts puts it, they were to “lay the blame on rich, right-wing, unnamed Americans.”

At the time, the British controlled much of the land in Palestine, and the British government technically viewed the Jewish settlers to the region as illegal immigrants. Still, before these latest revelations, no one would have suspected that the British launched deliberate attacks on Jewish settlers.

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  1. Press Release September 26, 2010

    Gush Shalom supports Jewish Peace Boat. “We applaud the courage of the Jewish peace activists, working to end the Gaza Siege and get for its inhabitants the natural right to come and go, like everywhere else in the world”

    The Jewish Peace Boat, sailing today from Cyprus in the direction of Gaza, is a reminder of the isolation which we in Israel bring upon ourselves. A country bound upon conquest and occupation, whose government is hostage to extremist settlers, is increasingly losing also the support of world Jewry.

    Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, applauds the courage of the Jewish peace activists who confront us with this reality, and who work to end the siege of Gaza and secure for its citizens the natural right to come and go, like everyone elsewhere in the world.

    A sane Israeli government would allow the boat to get to its destination without hinderance. Nobody could possibly argue that the arrival of ten peace activists in Gaza could in any way endanger Israel’s security.

    Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson, 03-5565804 or 054-2340749

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Miri Weingarten

    Date: Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    For immediate release

    26 September, 2010

    Jewish Boat to Gaza sets sail from Cyprus

    A boat carrying aid for Gaza’s population and organized by Jewish groups worldwide has set sail from Cyprus today at 13.32 local time.

    The boat, Irene, is sailing under a British flag and is carrying ten passengers and crew, including Jews from the US, the UK, Germany and Israel as well as an Israeli journalist.

    The boat’s cargo includes symbolic aid in the form of children’s toys and musical instruments, textbooks, fishing nets for Gaza’s fishing communities and prosthetic limbs for orthopaedic medical care in Gaza’s hospitals.

    The receiving organization in Gaza is the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, directed by Gaza psychiatrist Dr. Eyad Sarraj.

    The boat will attempt to reach the coast of Gaza and unload its aid cargo in a nonviolent, symbolic act of solidarity and protest – and call for the siege to be lifted to enable free passage of goods and people to and from the Gaza Strip.

    The boat will fly multicolored peace flags carrying the names of dozens of Jews who have expressed their support for this action, as a symbol of the widespread support for the boat by Jews worldwide.

    Speaking from London, a member of the organizing group, Richard Kuper of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said today that the Jewish Boat to Gaza is a symbolic act of protest against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the siege of Gaza, and a message of solidarity to Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice.

    ‘Israeli government policies are not supported by all Jews,’ said Kuper. ‘We call on all governments and people around the world to speak and act against the occupation and the siege.’

    Regarding the threat of interception by the Israeli navy, Kuper said ‘This is a nonviolent action. We aim to reach Gaza, but our activists will not engage in any physical confrontation and will therefore not present the Israelis with any reason or excuse to use physical force or assault them.’

    Passenger Reuven Moskovitz, 82, said that his life’s mission has been to turn foes into friends. “We are two peoples, but we have one future”, he said.

    Satellite phone on board for contact to the passengers: 00 8821668610337

    Media Contact in London for interviewing the Boat’s organizers: Yosh, 0044 7816 448307 media@jewishboattogaza.org

    Media Contact in Israel: JNews 00972 549270796

    Passengers and crew for interview:

    Reuven Moskovitz, from Israel, is a founding member of the Jewish-Arab village Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace) and a holocaust survivor. Speaks German, Hebrew and English.

    Rami Elhanan, from Israel, lost his daughter Smadar to a suicide bombing in 1997 and is a founding member of the Bereaved Families Circle of Israelis and Palestinians who lost their loved ones to the conflict. Speaks Hebrew and English.

    Lilian Rosengarten, from the US, is a peace activist and psychotherapist. She was a refugee from Nazi Germany. Speaks English and German.

    Yonatan Shapira, from Israel, is an ex-IDF pilot and now an activist for Combatants for Peace. Speaks Hebrew and English.

    Glyn Secker, from the UK, is the boat’s captain and a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. Speaks English.

    Dr. Edith Lutz, from Germany, is a peace activist and a nurse. She was on the first boat to Gaza in 2008. Speaks German and English.

    Alison Prager, from the UK, is a teacher and peace activist. She is media coordinator for the boat. Speaks English.

    Itamar Shapira, from Israel, is Yonatan’s brother, and a member of the boat’s crew. Speaks Hebrew, Spanish and English.

    Eli Osherov, Israeli reporter from Israel Channel 10 News.

    Supporters: Jewish organizations and individuals from UK, Holland, Germany, US, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Austria, Australia and Israel.

    Organizers and sponsors: European Jews for a Just Peace, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (UK), Juedische Stimme fuer einen gerechten Frieden in Nahost (Germany), American Jews for a Just Peace (USA), Jewish Voice for Peace (USA), Jews Against the Occupation Sydney.

    Visit http://www.jewishboattogaza.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter

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