Thursday, June 4, 2015

Operation Embarrass? Britain's secret war on the Jews 1946-1948

Operation Embarrass? Britain's secret war on the Jews 1946-1948

British spies staged covert operations to sabotage Holocaust survivors' attempts to reach Palestine between 1946 and early 1948.
Among the tactics used by the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in Operation Embarrass were the bombing of  ships used by Holocaust immigrants, intimidation and the creation of a fake Palestinian defense group.
The British government gave the go-ahead to the campaign to slow illegal immigration into Palestine, provided there was "no risk and no link could be traced back to the British government".
The revelations come in the first authorized history of the SIS, MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, by Professor Keith Jeffery. The book was published on Tuesday.
Prof Jeffery said: "Operation Embarrass was one of the most amazing stories I found. I just stumbled on it. It was like a spy novel. These are astonishing operational stories. Uncovering them made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck."
Before searching the archives, he had to agree to keep certain stories secret for national security reasons, but Operation Embarrass is revealed in full.
Prof Jeffery said: "It's quite explosive and you can see why the anxiety levels might go up, not just in the agency but in Whitehall as well. A lot of stuff in the archives was destroyed, so finding this tale was a reassurance. If it had been me, I would have shredded stuff like this.
"There is the possibility it could make things difficult for the Foreign Office. But I dug my heels in, and said it was very important this was revealed.
"It says a lot about the organization of the SIS at that time, about the British government's Palestine policy and about relations between the agency and the government." (The intentional various violations of the terms of the Mandate for Palestine as trustee for the Jewish people and enhance and promote the immigration of the Jewish people to reestablish the Jewish state of Israel as per the terms of the International treaties of 1920).
In late 1946, the government asked the SIS to develop "proposals for action to deter ships' masters and crews from engaging in illegal Jewish immigration and traffic" (in violation of the Jewish Mandate for Palestine). A substantial amount of money was spent on the operation.
A SIS report stated: "Action of the nature contemplated is, in fact, a form of intimidation, and intimidation is only likely to be effective if some members of the group of people to be intimidated actually suffer unpleasant consequences."
Options put forward for the campaign included the use of sabotage devices, tampering with a ship's fresh water supplies and crew's food, or setting fire to ships and planting explosives.
SIS chief Sir Stewart Menzies suggested blaming the action on a specially-created Arab organization. The agents were instructed to devise failsafe reasons for their presence abroad and were told that if rumbled, "they were under no circumstances to admit their connection with the British government".
Prof Jeffery said: "The book really does show the James Bond side of it. Embarrass is closer to the perception of the spy image than other stories in the book."
In summer 1947 and early 1948, the plot led to attacks on Holocaust survivors ships in Italian ports. The British made it a priority in order to slow or stop Jewish immigration to Palestine - to appease the Arabs. One ship was a "total loss" and two others were damaged.
The British set up a notional organization - Defenders of Arab Palestine - which claimed responsibility for the work against Holocaust Jewish immigration to Palestine.
Operation Embarrass ended in April, before the UK pullout from Palestine the following month. But Prof Jeffery concludes that the campaign had little effect. One SIS officer wrote that the failure to carry out a planned operation to disable the President Warfield ship in the summer of 1947 had been the biggest missed opportunity.
Instead, the renamed Exodus set sail with 4,500 Jewish refugees, leading to one of the most infamous episodes in the battle to create Israel. British forces seized the Exodus off the coast of Palestine. Three people died and the immigrants aboard were forcibly returned to Europe.
"The cost," said one SIS officer, "both direct and indirect to the British government, must have been enormous. All of this could have been spared if the Foreign Office had permitted the SIS to take the appropriate action against the President Warfield."
Prof Jeffery said: "After the disaster with the Exodus, the SIS guys pretty much said 'we told you so'. They could have blown its rudder off let the ship sink and averted the crisis.
"This was a fantastic job for me. I was like a child in a sweetshop. But I also feel this is part of the accountability process. British taxpayers funded these operations. You might say after 60 years what difference does it make, but you can tell it does. People will look at this and put the record straight.."

The British also caused the death of millions of Jewish people and their children trying to escape the Nazi death camps from 1939-1948 by restricting Jewish immigration and prohibiting the sale of land in Palestine to Jews.

1 comment:

  1. "The Truth may not always win, but it is always right!"
    To members of Britain's academia

    Writing this letter is a good way for me to discuss your horrible denial of facts and the disrespect that you bestow on your parents, grandparents and your British people’s history.

    Did you know that your government was the leading force among the fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – that unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:

    “Recognition Has Been Given to the Historical Connection of the Jewish People with Palestine and to the Grounds for Reconstructing their National Home in that Country.”

    Did you know that your country’s hero Sir Winston Churchill had that to say about Jewish “Occupation” of Palestine?

    “When it is asked what is meant by the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, it may be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride.”

    My friend - the British world of academia: It is not “The Occupation” Arabs reject; they reject the right of Israel to exist as a legitimate, secure, Jewish political entity, and you choose to collaborate with this call to genocide.

    Palestinian Arabs have underscored their rejectionism with wave after wave of terrorism at every juncture – that is, beforethe 1967 Six-Day War and evenprior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and this too is being ignored by you.

    If we talk academically, you would be most interested in how your people described Jewish academic’s achievement in a visit to Jewish Palestine in 1937:

    “The Daniel Sieff Research Institute [today part of the Weitzman Institute of Science] at Rehovot is equipped with the most delicate modern instruments; the experiments conducted there are watched by chemists all over the world: yet from its windows can be seen the hills inhabited by a backward peasantry [Palestinian Arabs] who regard it only as the demonstration of a power they hate and fear and who would like, no doubt, when their blood is up, to destroy it .”

    You should ask yourself: What kind of a society do you support? – A society that consciously and purposely sacrifices its own youth for political gain and tactical advantage. Today the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs nurture a blind hatred of Israel. They created a cultural milieu of vengeance, violence and death - preparing their children to be sacrifices in a death cult – your silent is noticed.

    I suggest you tell your Palestinian friends to invest in Biotech, not bombs. Build computer chips, not Kasam rockets. Teach medicine, not hate. Look to the future, not the past. Stop blaming Americans and Jews for all your, and take responsibility for your own actions.

    My British academic: Do you fully comprehend what you are doing? If you are indeed aware that the path you have embarked on leads to hate and destruction, and if you have freely chosen to walk in that direction, then you and your Arab friends are truly beyond hope.

    Before you continue to dishonor your own history, think it over.