With 4,450 potential Jewish immigrants on board, the Haganah ship “Exodus” is escorted by the British Royal Navy to Haifa. After three Jews are killed, the ship is forcibly turned away. Its passengers, mostly from Displaced Person Camps in Germany, are unable to disembark in France and are sent to Hamburg. The entire episode is reported by the world media and observed by UN officials who are determining Palestine’s future. Many UN officials later state the Exodus affair has an undeniable impact on their vote to suggest the creation of a Jewish state alongside an Arab state in Palestine.
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