French Professor is Wanted Terrorist
Late one bitter cold evening In March 1947 young French philosophy student Robert Misrahi slipped away from a servicemen’s social club just off Trafalgar Square. Minutes later the British Colonies Club was wrecked by a massive explosion, causing many injuries but miraculously no deaths. Misrahi had left his overcoat at the club, its shoulders packed with gelignite.
This Trafalgar Square outrage was no one-off. Misrahi was part of a Jewish terrorist network responsible for a brutal campaign against British and Arab targets during the 1940s. Its most famous murders included the shooting of British cabinet minister Lord Moyne in Cairo in 1944; the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946; and the letter bomb that killed young Englishman Rex Farran at his family home in the Midlands in 1948.
While some of the history of this period is at last being addressed, much remains mysterious: no-one has been convicted for the bombings on British soil, and the extent of the network behind the crimes has yet to be established. Did Israel’s founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion orchestrate many of the terrorist crimes? What were the financial links in the chain enabling the purchase of arms and the international travels of gunmen and bombers? And perhaps most seriously, did the terrorists have allies inside the British political establishment, who (not for the first or last time) betrayed their own troops and had an ultimate allegiance to Britain’s enemies?
Truth and justice can be served very simply in this case: the London bomber Robert Misrahi is alive and well, living in Paris where he spent most of the postwar years as an academic and is now Emeritus Professor of Ethical Philosophy at the Sorbonne. Having never uttered one word of apology or regret for his crimes, Misrahi has remained a militant Zionist throughout his life, defending each stage of Israeli aggression.
MI5, Special Branch and Home Office documents released during the last few years reveal that the British authorities had built up a dossier of evidence against Misrahi. They discovered that he had brought explosives from France to London in the false bottom of a suitcase.
British authorities also knew that, although we had a few trusted informants among the French police and security forces, the Zionist terrorists had influential political friends in Paris who would obstruct any prosecution.
At the end of May 1947 Misrahi and several fellow members of his terrorist group – the Stern Gang (known to Jews as Lehi) – were arrested in a Paris police raid. They were caught redhanded with sub-machine guns, ammunition and bomb detonators. Yet when the case finally came to trial in February 1948 the terrorists escaped punishment. (By this stage the French government was itself secretly supplying Misrahi’s fellow Zionist gangsters in Palestine with arms.)
Today’s French government now has the chance to make amends for these shabby political deals with violent criminals. Here in Britain our own police and courts have the chance to settle not only responsibility for the London bombing but also an unsolved murder case – for which Misrahi is the only accessible connection (see below) – and demonstrate that there will never be any hiding place for those who commit terrorist acts on British soil.
There need be no fear of the traditional accusation of ‘anti-semitism’ which is so often aimed at anyone – Muslim, Marxist or ‘right-winger’ – who dares to criticise any aspect of Zionism past or present. For one of the first to publish Misrahi’s responsibility for the London bomb was the late Prof. David Cesarani, one of Anglo-Jewry’s most eminent historians. In his 2009 book Major Farran’s Hat, Prof. Cesarani wrote:
“The [London club] bomb was planted by Robert Misrahi, the son of Turkish Jews who had moved to Paris in the 1930s. Misrahi was a student at the Sorbonne where he was a protégé of Jean-Paul Sartre. Some time in 1946 or early 1947 he befriended a delegation visiting from British universities and was, in turn, invited to Britain. This was the chance [Yaacov] Eliav [leader of the Paris branch of ‘Lehi’] was waiting for. He equipped Misrahi with a ‘coat bomb’ that he was able to carry with him across the channel and all the way to London. Eliav later reflected: ‘The execution was perfect. I learned an important lesson. No security measures can stop sophisticated imaginative planning’.”
It is unthinkable that a leading historian such as Cesarani (or his publishers William Heinemann) would have published such a potentially libellous statement about a living person, unless they had been certain of its truth – and those official documents so far released substantiate the case. So it is astonishing that the Metropolitan Police and the relevant Crown authorities have so far refused to act on such clear and damning evidence.
Prof. Cesarani would surely have been the last to argue that Misrahi’s age or the passage of time should prevent a prosecution. He was the chief historian working for the All-Party Parliamentary War Crimes Group, which campaigned for a change in UK law in 1991 allowing for the prosecution in this country of those allegedly responsible for wartime crimes elsewhere in Europe. By contrast Misrahi and his gang were responsible for crimes – including murder – on British soil.
Misrahi’s Trafalgar Square bomb was not the end of the story. One of his colleagues planted a bomb in the Colonial Office on Whitehall a few days later, which would have killed countless British civilians in the heart of London, but for a faulty timing mechanism.
There was no such lucky escape for Rex Farran, brother of British war hero Roy Farran. He was eviscerated by a parcel bomb, sent to his family’s Staffordshire home in 1948 by Misrahi’s colleagues in the Paris-based Stern Gang cell.
The cell’s leader Yaacov Eliav had planned what would have been the worst terrorist atrocity of all time soon after Misrahi’s arrest. He obtained active cultures of cholera bacteria from Jewish contacts at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. A water engineer was sent to London to scout the best method of introducing cholera into the city’s water supply. It was only following Zionist success in winning UN backing for their new state later in 1947, that this cholera plan was abandoned.
Today’s Britons – especially the families of Rex Farran and other British servicemen killed or wounded by Zionist terrorists – deserve truth and justice. Stern Gang bomber Robert Misrahi is alive and well, openly mocking British justice. It’s time to demand action from our new Prime Minister.
by Peter Rushton