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Feiglin Wants Turkey Apology for Deaths of 766 Holocaust Refugees

If Erdogan wants Israel to apologize for killing terrorists, it should search its own soul for the deaths of 766 Holocaust refugees by towing their stricken ship to the high seas, where it was sunk.
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Turkey should apologize for the deaths of 766 Holocaust refugees whose Deputy MV Struma boat was sunk in February 1942 after the country refused to allow their boat to remain in port for repairs, said Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin.

The ship was towed away to the Black Sea, where it was a sitting duck for a mine or a Soviet torpedo.

Feiglin posted the demand on his Facebook page after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s won an apology from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the deaths of nine Turkish terrorists who clubbed and kidnapped IDF commandos trying to stop their boat from reaching Hamas-controlled Gaza in May 2010.

Erdogan also is demanding $ 1 million compensation for each of the nine terrorists killed in the clash.

Feiglin, who heads the Jewish Leadership faction of the Likud, wrote, “The truth is that we don’t need an apology. And also not financial compensation. The Jewish people have a special skill. They know how to remember.”

Jews piled on the ship in Romania in December 1942 but their journey to Israel, which was then under the British Mandate, was scuttled when the boat docked at Istanbul.

Britain refused to give the referees visa and Turkey refused to allow them to enter the country.

After two months of being stuck in the port, Turkey towed to the ship into international waters, where it was sunk either by a mine of by a Soviet torpedo.

In an account of the boat’s hapless voyage written in “The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism,” Bernard Wasserstein wrote, “It was a rough night in the Black Sea on February 24, 1942. Ten kilometers or so from the shore, a 75 year-old, 240-ton converted yacht, carrying 767 Jewish refugees from Romania, exploded, probably after being hit by a torpedo, fired in error by a Soviet submarine.

“The vessel sank with the loss of all except one of the passengers. The Struma had left Constanza [Romania] on December 12, 1941, bound for Palestine. But on arrival at Istanbul three days later, her engine broke down and she was unable to proceed. While engineers tried unsuccessfully to restore the ship to seaworthiness, the Turkish and British governments wrangled about the onward passage of the refugees.

“The Turks refused to allow them to land unless they had guarantees of admission to some other country. The British refused to grant them certificates to enter Palestine. The failure of the two governments to agree culminated in the boat being towed out to sea and abandoned to the waves…

“The only force used in the episode was that applied by between one and two hundred Turkish policemen who overpowered resistance from the debilitated refugees and supervised the towing of the rotten, still engine-less hulk out beyond territorial waters. They then abandoned the passengers to near-certain death.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “Feiglin Wants Turkey Apology for Deaths of 766 Holocaust Refugees”

  1. Tim Upham says:

    I am not a fan of Moshe Feiglin, but he does have a point. The Struma was towed out into the Black Sea, without an operating engine.

  2. Liz Wagner says:

    Touché Moshe!

  3. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The Struma is a good start. And we should also not forget the two shiploads of Jews FDR turned away and forced back to the ovens.

  4. Mr, Feiglin is right, Turkey should apologize to Israel and the Jewish people, The Turks sent the Mavi Marmara with a bunch of terroristthat that attacked the IDF. so Israel
    have nothing to apologize for. Thank you Mr, Gedalyahu for the article.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    FDR had no legal authority to admit any of the refugees; the racist immigration law that had been enacted in 1924 prohibited it. And over 2/3 of the passengers on the St. Louis survived the Shoah.

  6. Ed Karesky says:

    So 2/3rd survived? You mean ONLY 282 died? Try remembering who passed those laws in 1924 – primarily the Repubican isolationists. Charlie, I have a feeling you're an idiot at heart.

  7. about as likely as their acknowledging the Armenian genocide (Hitler cited as an example of international indifference)

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Charlie Hall FDR's advisers prohibited it, not the laws. That was coupled with pressure from US nazis like Ford and Lindbergh. Let's not put excuses there. Like today, FDR could easily have issued an Executive Order. He CHOSE not to. That's called genocide!

  9. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Ed Karesky Do you live your life on your knees groveling at the altar of the cult of the holy democrats? FDR opposed having Jews come to the US – that's FACT! FDR surrounded himself with advisers and loyalists that promoted an alliance and support of Hitler – that's a FACT! FDR could have issued an Executive Order allowing the ship in knowing if he did not they would be massacred – that is FACT. And your rather nonchalant attitude towards those that died is truly pathetic. To you, a democratic president could nuke Israel and you will seek a way to blame Conservatives for the genocide. I guess you have been closely studying the Jews of Berlin circa 1939 and adopting their mindset

    By the way – I oft times disagree with Charlie but he debates with intelligence. All you do is show your obama-roots and stage personal attacks since you hab=ve nothing else

  10. The only idiot at heart here is you on account of your knee-bending apologia for the fecalia-man roosevelt during WWII, the then DemocRATS (and all too likely the disgusting Obamama regime now) like the 72 % of the non-Jewish-Jews of America today for their eternal shame and to our misfortune and bane.

  11. Arie's Pragmatic Politics Leave it at that Arie, you won't be able to change an "idiot" and his craven cowardly ahistoric fatuation with his DemocRAT turned-out-to-be a blatant ANTISEMITE ****head [roosevelt] totem pole.

  12. Not only an apology – but the same compensation that they are demanding from Israel for their terrorists.

    That's $766 million in compensation before anything else happens.

  13. Liz Wagner says:

    That's the point!

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