REFUGEES: Cue for a Communist

An ancient, leaky, 1,814-ton Chesapeake Bay excursion boat, once known as the President Warfield but now grimly called Exodus 1947, last week unsteadily approached the Palestine coast. The Zionist flag flew at her mast, and 4,554 refugees—the largest number that ever tried to run the British blockade at one time—jammed her holds. The refugees knew that the British Navy's destroyers patrolled the coast; but perhaps they hoped that the presence of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) would embarrass the British sufficiently to let the Exodus slip by.

The British Navy was not embarrassed. Two sleek destroyers closed...

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