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    • 10.11.12 | 14:52 (IST)

    Now I enjoyed the film and the movie Exodus like everyone else. And Sal Mineo certainly deserved the Oscar nomination he received for playing the holocaust victim turned Irgunist in mandate Palestine. And Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint were a wonderful romantic pairing. Lets just say on the whole it was more PR than history - even though there was a ship filled with refugees who were longing to come to Palestine - one ship blew itself up in the habor and others were turned away to refugee camps in Cyprus by the British for fear of uprising by the local Arabs whom they had promised territory to and others were sent back to refugee camps in Europe. It was a sorry point in history. However, the British were not all these silly prejudice demons as portrayed by Hollywood screenwriters - most of them had lived through the horrors of fighting Hitlers forces in North Africa and Europe and when they were transferred to Palestine post 1945 they suddenly found themselves in an untenable position between the native Palestinians and the Jews. As the British always say, they went to Palestine clearly favoring the Jewish position as they had seen their suffering in the war, however in Palestine they recognized the native people belonged on the land and should not be uprooted. They found themselves between warring factions and being spat upon and called Nazis every day by the Jewish population, who in the guise of the Irgun turned to terrorist actions by robbing banks,blowing up trains and kidnapping and hanging British soldiers to drive the British out of what they believe was their ancient promised land. The Mufti of Jerusalem promoted riots and murders of Jews throughout the 1930's and took the side Axis during the war. Which prompted the Jews to begin to build their own defense system - the Haganah - which post-mandate became the IDF. This is depicted in the film.

    from the article: The 'Exodus' effect: The monumentally fictional Israel that remade American Jewry
    First published 09:45 09.11.12 | Last updated 09:45 09.11.12
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