Italian aircraft attack the British Mandate of Palestine during World war II. Italian Royal Air Force raiding bombers conduct the first air raid on the Holy Land seaport of Haifa, a vital oil shipping center. he bombers in flight. The crew in the aircraft. Bombs dropped. The aircraft bombard the coastline and the port. Smoke due to heavy explosions during the bombardment.
The Haifa coastline in Palestine. An animated map of Palestine by the Mediterranean. Arrows point to the Valley of Israel, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. The Valley of Israel: Hills, buildings and flora in the valley. Jerusalem: Buildings on a street. Men in a loaded horse cart. Trucks pass by. Pedestrians in the traditional attire. Men in cloaks and women in 'burkha'. Barclays Bank in the background. Haifa: Men lead herd of camels on a street. Buildings. Pedestrians and cars pass by. Loaded boats in the harbor. The Haifa coastline.
A newsreel titled 'US-Russia back UN plan for Holy Land' shows Jewish refugees on board a former American vessel as they reach Haifa Palestine after traveling from a Black Sea port. Writing on ship says "Hagana Ship - Jewish State". Passengers hold up a dead infant for those on the docks to see, a victim of the overcrowded ship conditions. British forces patrol the docks before passenger disembark. Fatigued refugees, including families with small children, disembark from the ship as the injured and sick are carried away on stretchers. Passengers are sprayed with delousing agent powder to control spread of disease. Other passengers seen embarking a ship from dock for transport to Cypress detention camps, rather than facing deportation to Europe. Scene change to United Nations meeting at Lake Success New York. United States delegate, Herschel Johnson, addresses a meeting of General Assembly's Special Committee on Palestine, expressing support for proposed partition of Palestine.
Jewish refugees arrive in Haifa, Palestine during World War II. Jewish refugees aboard a ship docked in Haifa. View from inside the ship, as they disembark. A wagon filled with baggage drives by the front of the ship. A group of young adults dance the Hora on the bridge of the ship. Jewish refugees walking across the pier, past British soldiers and officials, after disembarking from the ship.
Jewish refugees arrive in Haifa, Palestine during World War II. Jewish refugees in front of a train. The train is to take them to the disembarkation point and then to Palestine internment camp at Athlit. The train reaches and stops in Athlit. Members of Jewish agency stand along a road in front of the train. The refugees get off the rail cars. A sick person is helped by two nurses. A sick person on a stretcher is placed in an ambulance. The first column of the refugees leaves the station at Athlit and walks toward the quarantine camp. In the background is the sea and and nearer is the train which brought them. Palestinian and English policemen count the refugees on their entry into the camp.
Jewish refugees at Athlit internment camp in Haifa, Palestine during World War II. A nurse starts to undress a little girl while the other children start to undress themselves. The nurse washes the child's head. Nurses wash the body of the young child. A group of young boys undergo a medical examination at the camp.