The Palyam & Aliya Bet Website is an initiative of Tzvi Ben-tzur,
the website's Webmaster and Editor-in-chief. The current website's developing
team also includes the Palyam veteran
Yehuda ("Pere") Ben-tzur, in
charge of historical research and communication with the general public, and Nava Goren, translation and read-proofing.
We will always remember our friend Aryeh Malkin who passed away at the end of January 2014; Aryeh – a veteran of Aliya Bet and Kibbutz
Ein Dor – made a critical contribution to the development of the English version of this website by translating hundreds of
personal stories and articles from Hebrew.
Over the years we received many positive feedbacks from visitors to the website
and we thank those visitors for their support and encouragement. We thank
The Hertzl Institute for Research & Study of Zionism at the University of Haifa
for sponsoring the website (with special thanks to Prof. Yoav Gelber). We also thank various
volunteers who helped us along the way, and the people who have contributed material to be published on the website.
Our goal is to tell the story of Aliya Bet (Ha'apala), the
all maritime activities/events related to the establishment of The State of Israel. We provide a media for the veterans of Aliya Bet and the Palyam to publish their individual stories. As a repository to hundreds of stories, research articles, maps, and testimonies, this website should be of great
value to those who have interest in some of the most important and exciting events leading to the establishment of the
State of Israel in 1948. We apologize for this English version of the website
being significantly less rich and developed compared to the Hebrew version, due to lack
We acknowledge and respect the contribution to Aliya Bet of all organizations, groups and individuals, including the immigrants (ma'apilim) themselves. We invite people to submit relevant stories/articles, and we would be glad
to publish them, subject of course to our judgment that the stories are genuine
and accurately reference historical events.
Commander (Ret'd) Yehuda Ben-tzur
– Palyam, Aliya Bet and Israel Navy veteran
has been developing this website since its very beginning;
As a renowned expert on Aliya Bet, he is in charge of our historical research