Haifa, Palestine, 1946
At the docks meanwhile, the drama of the illegal immigrant ships continues. Jewish refugees from Europe are brought ashore to be transferred to vessels to take them on to Cyprus for internment there. Their dilemma, the question of immigration, is the immediate cause for the conflict in Palestine. They are for a brief time in the holy land and then must go. There's tense emotions. He kisses the ground, Zion for which he has longed and now must leave. The tragedy of people caught in the toils of international forces, Jews who must go into exile again, until there has been an international settlement.
The ship "Henrietta Szold," carrying more than 500 Jewish illegal immigrants from Greece to Palestine, arrived in Haifa on August 14, 1946. British authorities immediately interned the immigrants and deported them to British internment camps on the island of Cyprus.