HAIFA (Feb. 10)
The British merchant vessel Empire Heywood left this port for Cyprus this morning carrying 656 men, women and children who arrived here yesterday aboard the blockade-runner La Negev.
One of those wounded during a clash between the passengers and a boarding party, and a later fracas on the pier when the refugees were being trans-shipped, died today. The name of the victim was not immediately announced. Several other wounded are still in hospitals.
Prior to the departure of the Empire Heywood, a Jewish Agency spokesman, appealing to the government to allow the immigrants to remain, told a press conference that “every deportation provides an atmosphere and a state of mind on which terrorism feeds. Deportations are a disturbing factor in the Yishuv’s fight against terrorism,” he continued. “We cannot tell Jews to combat terrorism when their suffering brethren are deported.”