The UN- appointed mediator’s, Count Folke Bernadotte, report on whether or not to divide Palestine for the displaced ‘Holocaust victims’ (U.N. Document A. 648) was filed. He said it offended “Basic principles to prevent these innocent victims of the conflict [Palestinians were not to blame for the Holocaust] from returning to their homes, while Jewish immigrants flood into Palestine and, what’s more, threatening to permanently replace the dispossessed Arab refugees who have been here for centuries.” He described, “Zionist pillage on a grand scale and the destruction of [Palestinian] villages without apparent military need.”
The next day Count Bernadotte and his assistant were assassinated in the part of Jerusalem occupied by the Zionists.
The war ended in 1945 and after the bitterest episode in Jewish history the refugees were moved from Concentration to Displaced Persons camps until the world was willing to give the Holocaust survivors the Palestinian’s Land. Finally the British navy attacked the 4,500 Holocaust survivors (“Exodus 1947”) on their way to Palestine and a Rothschild Homeland was a fait accomplis.
Al Jazeera’s two-part documentary Killing the Count examines the eventful life of Count Folke Bernadotte, head of the Swedish Red Cross and a leading figure in the rescue of thousands of concentration camp prisoners in World War II. Count Folke was appointed as UN Mediator in the first Arab-Israeli war, shortly before he was assassinated by Zionist extremists in 1948.
In part one of Killing the Count , Al Jazeera explores the story of Count Folke Bernadotte’s efforts during World War II to help prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Bernadotte negotiated the release of more than 30,000 prisoners, one third of them Jews, from German concentration camps, in an extraordinary humanitarian effort which would come to be known as the ‘White Buses campaign’.
In part two, we look at the appointment of the Count, three years later, as the United Nation’s first mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his assassination four months later in September 1948 by Zionist extremists during an official visit to Jerusalem.
Al Jazeera’s documentary offers unique insight into his life and death, including accessing family and film archives never seen before.