Refugees, Human Rights and Realpolitk

The Clandestine Immigration of Jewish Refugees from Italy to Palestine, 1945-1948

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Daphna Sharfman
Routledge Studies in Modern European History
  • New York, NY: 
    , January
     236 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Daphna Sharfman is 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.


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