UK Amb. honours British officer who saved 100 Jews 100 years in the past in Jaffa

2021-05-04 07:38:42

UK Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan honored posthumously on Sunday night a British officer that saved many Jewish lives in the course of the Might 1 riots 100 years in the past on the Jaffa port. A plaque was unveiled to honor his heroic actions on the event.

Main Lionel Mansell Jeune, whose heroic actions have largely been unknown till now, saved the lives of at the least 100 Jews and an unknown variety of Arabs in the course of the riots in Jaffa in 1921, as commander of the port. 

Israeli historian Samuel Giler, who researched his life and work as a British soldier, has not too long ago drawn consideration to his story.

Ambassador Wigan and Defence Attaché Colonel Jim Priest participated in a ceremony organized by the Tel Aviv municipality and have been joined by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Jewish Company Chairman Isaac Herzog and former commander of the Israeli Air Pressure Dan Tolkowsky, who as a baby knew Jeune.Historian Shmuel Giler, former IAF Commander Dan Tolkowsky, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, UK Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog and UK Defence Attaché Colonel Jim Priest stand by the plaque honouring Major Lionel Mansell Jeune. (Credit: Noa Guttmann)Historian Shmuel Giler, former IAF Commander Dan Tolkowsky, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, UK Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan, Jewish Company Chairman Isaac Herzog and UK Defence Attaché Colonel Jim Priest stand by the plaque honouring Main Lionel Mansell Jeune. (Credit score: Noa Guttmann)
“In the present day we’re assembly on Israel’s nationwide day of mourning simply after the horrible tragedy at Har Meron,” mentioned Ambassador Wigan on Sunday to an viewers that included households of each victims and survivors of the riots, in addition to survivors themselves. “And so I assumed it is acceptable that right now we’re assembly 100 years after the tragedy of the riots in Jaffa,” continued Wigan, “however we’re assembly not simply to recollect the tragedy but additionally to recollect one thing good that occurred on that day, one thing that saved many lives, and the way the actions of 1 man in the midst of a disaster, in the midst of a tragedy, can save the lives of many.

“And that is a contented message to have on a really unhappy day, which I do know that is for all of the folks of Israel,” he added.

Ambassador Wigan, who beforehand lived in Jaffa for 3 years, was conversant in the story of the Jaffa riots however had by no means heard in regards to the actions of Main Jeune. 

The ambassador mentioned he was delighted to have now discovered “that piece of positivity” – “that on that day, one British officer behaved with a lot honor, with a lot credit score to his uniform.”


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