There is a self-serving reason why Europe slanders Israel. A look back at the Struma and other inhumane attacks against Jews trying to get to Palestine before and during WWII…
Two incomprehensible events happened in just one day not long ago: the European Court of Justice took Hamas off their list of terrorist organizations, and the European Parliament approved a resolution supporting a “Palestinian State.”
Surprise? No, just the “same old Europe.” For 1500 years European Jews lived under antisemitic laws. They suffered contempt, ghettos, expulsions, pogroms- culminating in the biggest of such pogroms: the Holocaust, perpetrated by Germany, the most cultural nation of Europe, the nation that gave the world great philosophers, poets and musicians. Unfortunately, many Germans supported Nazis and actively participated in this genocide.
Great Britain, another impressive European nation, after getting from the League of Nations the Mandate for Palestine with the condition that in this Palestine it would promote the creation of the Jewish National Home, hurried to create it- and as a first step, gave 75% of Palestine to Jewish enemies: Arabs. Instead of the Jewish National Home, what was created on this 75% of Palestine was the Arab Emirate of Transjordan, an artificial “state” whose very name was invented “on the run” and just meant “over that side of River Jordan,” nothing more. Now this is the Kingdom of Jordan.
Moreover, this same “civilized” and “cultural” Britain who is crying today at every corner about how “democratic” she is and how she cares about international law, human rights and freedom, cooperated- during the war- with those same Nazis who were bombing British cities in closing to Jews any possibility to emigrate to Palestine, condemning them to extermination in German concentration camps.
In a House of Commons debate on July 20, 1939, Mr.Malcolm MacDonald, the Colonial Secretary, had to admit that a ‘Division of Destroyers’ supported by five smaller launches was being employed to ascertain that those who had escaped Hitler did not escape the British capture as they approached Palestine. [PRO House of Commons Debates, July 20, 1939] Those who had fled the German destroyer and his cohorts were now hunted down by four destroyers of His Majesty’s Royal Navy: HMS Hero (flagship), HMS Havock, HMS Henward, and HMS Hotspur. These were among Britain’s newest and fastest fighting ships — all four commissioned just two years earlier. At least one other destroyer, the Ivanhoe, was also used in that lopsided warfare. Those conspiring in London to block the saving gate of Palestine really meant business. The ships had been authorized to open fire ‘at or into any ship that was suspected of having illegal immigrants on board and that did not obey the warning to stand by. [Palestine Gazette, Extraordinary Issue, April 27, 1939].
They had been authorized to shoot, and shoot they did. Thus it happened that on the very first day of World War II, on September 1,1939, while German dive bombers rained death on Warsaw and a dozen other Polish cities, His Majesty’s ship Lorna opened fire on a rickety overcrowded refugee ship, Tiger Hill, as she approached the Palestine Coast to unload her cargo of misery, 1417 survivors of man’s inhumanity against man. She did not, could not, heed the order to turn back toward Germany. The encounter between HMS Lorna and the Tiger Hill ended with a victory for the Royal Navy. (William Perl, Holocaust Conspiracy An International Policy of Genocide. New York: Shapolsky Publishers, 1989, pp.85-87).
In order to prevent Jews from entering Palestine, the British Foreign Office created a true diplomatic network covering all possible countries of Jewish “escape.” And British officials worked in full accordance of the Foreign Office instruction that Jews are no less enemies than Germans.
On December, 12,1941, 769 Jews started on a journey to Palestine on board the “Struma,” a decommissioned German barge used to carry 100 heads of cattle. The ship left Romania and on December 15, 1941, it reached Istanbul. The Jewish Agency declared it was ready to issue permits of its quota established by the British “White Paper,” but British High Commissioner for Palestine, Sir Harold MacMichael said “No.”
Eleven days later the British informed the Turkish Foreign Office that no permission would be granted for the Struma to land in Palestine, and the Turks should do everything in their power to stop the voyage and return the ship to the Black Sea. The Turks ordered the Struma to leave- and just days later, it was torpedoed in the Black Sea. Only one out of 769 Jewish refugees survived. (Read The Untold Story of the STRUMA and WWII’s Holocaust at Sea by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins)
Before the Struma, on November 25, 1940, a ship called Patria was sunk near Haifa. This ship was carrying 1800 Jewish refugees to Palestine. Right after MacMichael had refused to accept the immigrants on the Patria, there was a big explosion which lead to the death of 202 passengers and 50 crew members on board. Following this incident, another ship, the Atlantic, was also rejected, and this ship with 1700 Jews on it was sent back to Nazi-occupied Europe. Almost all of them were sent to concentration camps and exterminated.
The policy of Great Britain was copied/pasted by all its colonies and dominions; Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India combined accepted less Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe than Shanghai alone.
As Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Richard Kidston Law stated bluntly, by admitting Jews, the Allies would be “relieving Hitler of an obligation to take care of these useless people.”
Officially, the King in the UK has no say in political matters. But when it was about Jews, His Majesty had said his word. In February of 1939, just three months after Kristallnacht, a personal secretary of His Majesty The King George VI informed the Minister of Foreign Office that he was “glad to think that steps are being taken to prevent these people leaving their country of origin.”
The shock of the Holocaust gave Jews a temporal break from the traditional European antisemitism. But the break was pretty short, and soon Europe got back to its 1500 year-old tradition. Anti-Semitism has just changed its disguise in accord with the winds of political correctness. If a hundred years ago Jews were Jesus Christ murderers who used the blood of Christian newborns to make matzah, today the main reason for the European anti-Semitism is supposedly Israel. And the role of the Christian newborns passed today to the “poor Palestinian people.”
By slandering Israel, Europeans get rid of their guilt complex for the Holocaust. It’s a kind of collective European purification. And besides, this slandering placates numerous Muslim immigrants in Europe and ensures Arab oil. Good old anti-Semitism, Muslim immigrant votes and Arab oil; it’s a 3-in-1. Ideal variant.
First published at: Cherson and Molschky