Teddy Kollek was a British mandate collaborator
Teddy Kollek, the legendary mayor of Jerusalem, lent a hand to the British authorities in their 1940s crackdown against right-wing underworld movements that sought to drive the British out of Palestine [old Roman name for Israel], secret MI5 documents have shown.And we know by now that the British never honored even that, and were silent partners in the Holocaust:
Kollek, who died three months ago, supplied the British intelligence agency with information about the activities of the Irgun and Stern Gang.
Beyond intelligence about the clandestine activities of the two groups, Kollek tried to help the British capture one of their most wanted men: Irgun leader Menachem Begin.
Begin commanded the Irgun from 1944 to 1948.
According to the newly released files, Kollek was instrumental in leading to the arrests of dozens of Irgun and Stern Gang members, the confiscation of arms, and the thwarting of numerous attacks against British interests.
Kollek's collaboration with the British came in the framework of a campaign waged by the Jewish Agency against the Irgun and Stern Gang, whose violent activities it deemed harmful to its political plans.
Leaders of the Yishuv, the Jewish population in Palestine, were keen on building bridges with the British to seek approval for their plans to bring thousands of refugees to Palestine from Europe.
The British mandate cashed in on Kollek's position as the deputy head of intelligence in the Jewish Agency to gain access to sensitive information about the Irgun and Stern Gang.
Approximately 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi's as the British reduced immigration quotas to "the Jewish National Homeland" to a token amount.Really, Kollek doesn't deserve any honors, and I figure that in the future, he will be looked upon in disgrace and shame for his collaborations.
Update: here's the Jerusalem Post's article.