Israel Marks 70 Years Since Famed Exodus Voyage

President Reuven Rivlin met at his residence in Jerusalem on Sunday with 12 passengers who traveled to Israel on the Haganah’s Exodus ship, marking seven decades since the ship’s iconic voyage to the Land of Israel.

The Haganah was a Jewish paramilitary organization in the British Mandate of Palestine founded in 1920. It became the Israel Defense Forces after the establishment of the Jewish state.

In 1947, 4554 Jewish refugees, mostly Holocaust survivors, sailed towards Israel, then under control of the British Mandate, but were intercepted by British warships. After a bitter struggle, they were turned away and subsequently sent back to Germany.

The events were depicted in the 1958 novel “Exodus” and the 1960 movie of the same name.

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