How a Group of Holocaust Survivors Defied the British Navy to Sail from Italy to the Land of Israel

Jan. 25 2021

As World War II came to an end, Jews who had lived through the camps and ghettos returned to their former homes in Eastern Europe to discover intense, and sometimes violent, hostility from their erstwhile neighbors, not to mention the encroachment of Stalinist tyranny. They thus left in droves for areas under control of the Western Allies, whence many hoped to immigrate to Palestine. But they soon discovered that the United Kingdom had slammed the doors to their homeland shut. Some 70,000 Jews thus made their way over the Alps to Italy, where a Zionist underground was working to secure their passage to the Land of Israel. In her recent book, The People on the Beach, Rosie Whitehouse tells this story, focusing on 1,300 young Jews who crammed onto the Josiah Wedgewood, a Canadian corvette, in 1946. She discusses her book in an interview with Rob Attar. (Audio, 44 minutes.)

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Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war