The Altalena seen off the coast of Tel Aviv. Yigal Allon said he asked the General Staff to order shells to be fired near the ship. Beno Rothenberg / Israel State Archives

The Man Who Jumped Off the Altalena, the Ship That Nearly Caused an Israeli Civil War

Holocaust survivor Shmuel Feldman railed against the left-wing establishment that he said shelled the arms ship for political reasons

Shmuel Feldman was 25 at that bloody historic moment 70 years ago next week. On June 22, 1948, five weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel, he jumped off the Irgun arms ship the Altalena into the...

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