Newly-declassified files from Britain’s MI5 have revealed new details of the communist connections of the Jew Zionist terrorists who tried to bomb London and kill 21 Members of Parliament—even though Britain had just finished fighting the Second World War to save Jews from Nazi Germany.
The MI5 files—newly made available by the UK’s National Archives in downloadable format here and here—show that the Zionist Stern Gang, dispatched cells of Jews to Europe to carry out bombings and assassinations in Britain.
The reports mention the previously revealed April 1947 attempt by two Stern Gang Jews, a male and a female, who attempted to blow up the Colonial Office in Whitehall in the center of London.
The two Jews planted a bomb containing 24 sticks of explosives at Dover House, headquarters of the Colonial Office, but it failed to go off because it was not fused correctly.
The head of London’s Special Branch, commander Leonard Burt, believed that if the bomb had gone off, it would have caused as much damage as the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem nine months earlier, also carried out by Jew terrorists as part of their “war” against Britain which led to the creation of the state of Israel.
The files released this week are the first public records from British intelligence’s secret archives to show how the Stern Gang Jews were tracked down.
The papers show that in June 1947, two months after the attempted bombing of the Colonial Office, a Stern Gang cell operating in Italy posted 21 letter bombs to senior British politicians and cabinet members including Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin and Chancellor of the Exchequer Stafford, Cripps as well as Winston Churchill.
Most of the letter bombs were intercepted, but some reached their intended recipients and failed to go off. The Conservative Party’s Anthony Eden carried a letter bomb disguised in a book around with him for a whole day, until he was warned of the plot and checked inside his briefcase, where it was.
British explosive experts reported that all the letter bombs were potentially lethal. One Stern Gang member involved in the plot later claimed that he had “invented the book bomb.”
In the wake of the Colonial Office and letter bombs, borders and ports in Britain were placed on high alert to look for suspicious people potentially planning further attacks, and MI5 placed known extremist Jewish and Zionist groups in Britain under intense surveillance. As one MI5 officer wrote in an internal memo, “these terrorists are hard nuts to crack.”
That same month, June 1947, Belgian police stopped and searched two Jews, a male and a female at the border crossing to France. The woman’s suitcase was found to have a false bottom with a secret compartment which contained letters addressed to British officials, together with explosives, 14 pencil-type batteries, seven detonators and a watch constructed as a time fuse — similar to the letter bombs sent earlier that month and the bomb rigged up at the Colonial Office.
The two Jews were arrested by the Belgian police, and it was shown through a fingerprint and other visual identification that the two had been responsible for the attempted Colonial House bombing, and were planning to carry out further bombings in Britain.
Among their targets were Lieut-General Sir Miles Dempsey, commander of British Middle East Land Forces, Sir Alan Cunningham, High Commissioner for Palestine, Sir John Shaw, governor of Trinidad, Sir Henry Gurney, Chief Secretary, government of Palestine, and Lord Winster, Governor and Commander in Chief, Cyprus.
The arrested female was identified as 22-year-old woman was identified as Betty Knouth, who also went under the name Gilberte Elizabeth Lazarus. She was a French national who had served with the Resistance during the war and was now, as she put it, “at war with Britain.”
Checking its records, MI5 quickly discovered that Knouth fitted witness descriptions of the woman seen at the Colonial Office when the bomb was left, carrying a distinctive blue-leather miter-shaped handbag, which was still in her possession when she was arrested in Belgium. Knouth also admitted to being in Britain at the time of the Colonial Office bomb.
The arrested man went under the name Jacob Elias, but when his fingerprints were sent to London, his real identity was established as Yaacov Levshtein, who had a long track record as a terrorist. His named appeared on the “Terrorist Index” compiled and circulated by the Palestine police and MI5.
Levshtein had been a member of the Stern Gang throughout the war, and was wanted by the Palestine police for the col-blooded murder of numerous British police officers and an attempt on the life of the British high commissioner. He had been captured and sentenced to life imprisonment in Palestine, but escaped from jail. His fingerprints matched those found on the timer of the failed bomb at the Colonial Office.
The Palestine Police’s history sheet of “Ja’acov (Jacob) Levshtein,” included in the released documents, contained a description of his movements—which revealed his Communist Soviet Union links, and, significantly, that he was a close associate of Menachem Begin, later to be Prime Minister of Israel:
12 December 1946: Reported to have been seen in Sussex, England with Menachem Begin and Sholomo Jacobi
1 March 1947 Reported to be in Greece and in contact with a Jew Communist ‘Saki,’
12 March 1947 Reported to be in Salonika and in contact with Burtzev and Karmanov, Russian agents, and an American rabbi
In another memo, penned by MI5 agent J.C. Robertson on August 29, 1947, noted that the contents of the file should be examined “concerning the possible use by Soviet Russia, for its own political purposes, of the Jewish Underground organisations.”
In addition, the MI5 memo urged agents to not “forget the recent increase in our interest in the use for Communist purposes of the “Union des Juifs pour la Resistance et l’Entre-aide” in Paris.” (The “Jewish Union for Resistance and Inter-Aid.”)
The two Jew terrorists Levshtein and Knouth were never extradited to Britain, and instead served eight months’ jail in Belgium for carrying concealed explosives.
At a Stern Gang press conference in Tel Aviv after her release from jail, Knouth said in response to a question: “Did I post letter bombs? Unfortunately the Belgian police got me before I could do so. They are a Stern Gang patent you know.”
Asked if she had anything to do with the bomb left at the Colonial Office, she said: “Scotland Yard could give you very precise details about that, but I don’t consider this the right time to time to talk about it. We are still at war with Britain.”
The files note that Levshtein was an “expert in explosives” and that another Jew in France, Jacques Martinsky, had been denied entry when he landed in London in March 1947 for showing no good reason why he was traveling to Britain.
It turned out that Martinsky was using a prosthetic leg that he acquired after being wounded in the war to smuggle explosives into Britain for the Colonial Office bomb.
Where Martinsky failed, another of Levstein’s group got through. As Levstein later explained, he succeeded in getting explosives for the Colonial Office bomb into Britain by devising a “coat bomb” with explosives stitched inside.
It was worn by another Jew terrorist, Robert Misrahi, a student in France, who carried the dynamite coat from Paris across the Channel to Britain.
* The Stern Gang was later elevated to the status of national heroes in Israel. A state decoration was created for veterans, a postage stamp was issued depicting that organization’s Ieader, and, of course, one of its leading members, Begin, became Prime Minister of the Jewish ethnostate.