PALESTINE: Sabbath Solace

Early in the afternoon of Sabbath eve two British minesweepers spotted their quarry entering Palestine's territorial waters near Haifa. She was a battered, 750-ton freighter jampacked with 1,350 Jewish refugees from Europe bent on entering the Holy Land. She had had a long, hard voyage—30 days from Goteborg, Sweden, which she had cleared as a Greek ship (the Ulua), bound for South America. Now she flew the blue-and-white Zionist flag and her bridge carried a freshly painted name: Chaim Arlosoroff (in honor of a murdered Palestine labor leader).

The minesweepers closed in,...

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