Intro Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Jan-May 1947
Section 12
May-Nov 1947
Section 13
Dec 1947-April 1948
Section 14
Evacuation 1948
Stand Down
July 1948

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The British Alienate UNSCOP

i. UNSCOP begins

ii. British Alienate UNSCOP

iii. The Two Sergeants

iv. End of the PMF

v. Life at Bassa Tegart 1947

vi. UNSCOP's Partition Plan and UN vote.

vii. Police Reactions to UN Vote

Two events in particular alienated UNSCOP from the British.

Avshalom Haviv, Meir Nakar, Ya'akov WeissA British military court sentenced to death, against the advice of UNSCOP members, three Irgun men (Avshalom Haviv, Meir Nakar, Ya'akov Weiss) who had been captured and arrested after taking part in the Acre breakout.

 Soon afterwards the British made an even worse diplomatic blunder. Exodus 47 When a ship, Exodus 47, arrived in Palestinian waters carrying 4,500 illegal immigrants, the Royal Navy did exactly as the Irgun had hoped they would do. They boarded the Exodus '47 by force and towed it into Haifa harbour. As police and soldiers forced the passengers to disembark from the Exodus and board ships sent to deport them, two members of UNSCOP, the chairman, Emil Sandström of Sweden, and the Yugoslavian representative, Vladimir Simic, watched the proceedings with disgust.


Text - Copyright Margaret Penfold, BA Hons, Dip Ed, British Palestine Police Association