San Miguel Haruth

From the Globe and Mail, February 17, 1947, p. 1, as reprinted in the Globe and Mail, February 17, 1999, p. A18:

800 Illegal Entrants Put on Deportation Ship

Jerusalem, Feb. 17 (Monday)(AP)–Approximately 800 would-be immigrants to Palestine, all lacking immigration certificates, were transferred today from the refugee vessel which carried them into this port under British destroyer escort to the ships which will take them to detention camps in Cyprus.

Their ship was the San Miguel, but its name had been changed to “Haruth”, the Hebrew word for Freedom. It was brought into Haifa Harbor late Sunday after its interception off Tel Aviv.

Its arrival and the announcement that two brigades of the British 6th Airborne Division had been ordered to conduct trans-shipment of the illegal immigrants to Cyprus stirred Jewish leaders to call a one-hour general strike for today as a protest and to plan court action on their behalf.

Some told Hebrew-speaking reporters that six of their company had been wounded, two by gunshot, when the British naval boarding party took over the refugee vessel. Earlier, it was reported at the Athlit Detention Camp hospital that four of the San Miguel passengers, one a woman and one a 14 year-old girl, had been admitted for treatment of bullet wounds.

The ship, which was reported manned by an American crew and officers and sponsored by an American Jewish group, was sighted last night 27 miles southwest of Tel Aviv. It was the second in a little more than a week to attempt to run the British immigration blockade on the Palestine coast.

A curfew was placed on the Haifa port area, as was done prior to the transfer of 650 Jews from La Negev on Feb. 8.

The deportation ships Ocean Vigor and Empire Haywood arrived in Haifa harbor a few hours after imposition of the curfew. The Vigor had brought 700 Jews from Cyprus to Palestine Saturday, and was en route to the island when it received orders to turn back.

Two Jews jumped overboard when the Haruth was intercepted, but were rescued, an official statement said.

New York Time Special to The Globe and Mail, Copyright

Jerusalem, Feb. 16 – A legal fight to prevent British authorities in Palestine from removing 800 Jewish illegal immigrants, whose ship was tonight being escorted by the British Navy to Haifa, will be made before the High Court in Jerusalem tomorrow.

The application will be filed on behalf of the Jewish Community Council for writs of habeas corpus calling on the Palestine Government and the British authorities to show cause why the immigrants should not be allowed to land.

So after the Holocaust, so many trying to get to something seen safe and


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