This book presents a multidimensional case study of international human rights in the immediate post-Second World War period, and the way in which complex refugee problems created by the war were often in direct competition with strategic interests and national sovereignty.
The case study is the clandestine immigration of Jewish refugees from Italy to Palestine in 1945–1948, which was part of a British–Zionist conflict over Palestine, involving strategic and humanitarian attitudes. The result was a clear subjection of human rights considerations to strategic and political interests.
Table of Contents
Part 1: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Ch.1 Refugees in Europe 1920-1948
Ch.2 Human Rights- a 'Window of Opportunity?'
Ch. 3 Jewish Refugees ̶ the Long Way from the Camps to Palestine
Part 2: POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS
Ch.4 Political Developments: The British, the Americans, the Zionists and the Palestine Question
Ch. 5 British Immigration Policy
Part 3: A CASE STUDY: JEWIH REFUGEES IN ITALY ̶ HUMAN RIGHTS DRAMA OR AN EXCERCISE IN REALPOLITIK.
Ch. 6 Italy and the Allies: 1943-1948
Ch.7 Italy and the Jews – The Fascist Burden and the War Time Rescue
Ch.8 Jewish Refugees in Italy
Ch.9 Britain and Italy ̶ Politics and Pressures
Ch.10 The Italians and the Zionists, the Clandestine Cooperation and the La Spezia Affair
Part 4: THE REFUGEES' STRUGGLE AGAINT THE EMPIRE
Ch. 11 Britain and the Jewish Refugees: Resistance and Human Rights
Ch. 12 Conclusion: Refugees as International Actors or Pawns
Daphna Sharfman is a lecturer and former chair of the Political Science Department, Western Galilee College, Israel. She is the author of books and articles in the fields of human rights, Israeli government, human rights and foreign policy, and the British Mandate of Palestine.