1940-1949 | Civilians slaughtered | Media propaganda | Palestine

British armoured cars spray Tel Aviv’s streets with bullets killing five

31 July 1947 On 31 July 1947, ‘seven (British) armoured cars roared through the main street of the all-Jewish city of Tel-Aviv… with machine guns firing into shops and passing traffic,’ killing at least five and wounding fifteen others.1  This indiscriminate act of violence was in retaliation for the brutal lynching of two British soldiers…

1940-1949 | Assassinations | Myanmar

British linked to assassination of Burmese nationalist Aung San

19 July 1947 Today in 1947, Bogyoke Aung San, ‘the father of modern day Myanmar’ and a committed parliamentary socialist, was shot dead by paramilitaries under orders of Burma’s former prime minister, U Saw, who had recently received weapons supplied by British army officers. Aung San, who, at just 32 years old, was the acting prime…

1940-1949 | Curfews | Martial law | Palestine

Martial law imposed on Palestine’s Jewish population

2 March 1947 On 2 March 1947, General Sir Alan Cunningham, the High Commissioner in Palestine, declared martial law in Tel Aviv, its surrounding suburbs and in several Jewish neighbourhoods of Jerusalem. Thousands of British troops and police officers were deployed across the two cities in iron fisted operations, code-named Hippo (for Tel Aviv) and…

1940-1949 | Malaysia | Murdering labour activists

Colonial police in Malaya beat worker to death in ‘justifiable homicide’

28 February 1947 On 28 February 1947, colonial police in the Malayan town of Bedong clubbed an Indian rubber plantation to worker to death. He had merely stepped forward from a crowd of protesters shouting ‘We are not anti-government – We are only against the drinking of toddy.’ A coroner ruled that it was ‘justifiable homicide.’1 …

1940-1949 | Backing terror operations | Palestine

MI6 ordered to sabotage ships carrying Jewish refugees to Palestine

14 January 1947 On this day in 1947, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin ordered MI6 to sabotage ships in European ports which were taking Jewish refugees to Palestine and to deliberately contaminate their food and water supplies. Other methods to prevent their arrival in the British controlled mandate had been contemplated but the three miles of coastal…

1940-1949 | Curfews | Martial law | Palestine

Monty on Palestine – Ignore world and Jewish opinion

2 January 1947 On 2 January 1947, Field Marshal Montgomery, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, sent an urgent telegraph to General Sir Harold Pyman, Chief of Staff of Middle East Land Forces. He informed him that the Cabinet Defence Committee had backed his own preference for a hard line in Palestine, where demands were…