History,  Israel

Who’s embarrassed now?

Probably nobody, unfortunately, but nevertheless: The Jewish Chronicle reports:

British spies staged covert operations to sabotage Holocaust survivors’ attempts to reach Palestine between 1946 and early 1948.

Among the tactics used by the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in Operation Embarrass were the bombing of five ships used by potential immigrants, intimidation and the creation of a fake Palestinian defence group.

The British government gave the go-ahead to the campaign to slow illegal immigration into Palestine, provided there was “no risk of casualties being incurred” and no link could be traced back to the government.

The revelations come in the first authorised history of the SIS, MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, by Professor Keith Jeffery. The book was published on Tuesday.

I can’t help thinking there’s a more-or-less direct line of descent from the government that authorized those actions to the likes of, say, Nick Clegg and the somewhat less restrained Rowan “Fucking Jews” Laxton.