A new book entitled MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, by British historian Keith Jeffery, reveals the existence of Operation Embarrass, a plan to try to prevent Jews getting into Palestine in 1946-'48 using disinformation and propaganda but also explosive devices placed on ships. A team of former Special Operations Executive agents was sent to France and Italy with limpet bombs and timers. During the summer of 1947 and early 1948, five attacks were undertaken on ships in Italian ports, of which one was rendered "a total loss" and two others were damaged. Two other British-made limpet mines were discovered before they went off. Great Britain, which used explosives to try to stop truly humanitarian flotillas after the Holocaust, now condemns embattled Israel for halting entirely politically-inspired flotillas to Gaza.
(The writer, an historian, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. Daily Beast)