This Day in Jewish History 1948: The Altalena Arms Ship Reaches Israel, and Is Attacked With Friendly Fire

By the end of two tragic days, pitting the newly created IDF against the Irgun, 19 people were dead.

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June 22, 1948, was the date of one of the most divisive and disturbing events in Zionist history – the shelling of the Altalena, a ship bearing arms and recruits for Israel’s War of Independence, by the newly...