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The "Patria" sinking in the Haifa harbor, 25 November 1940
June - The right-wing Zionist armed underground paramilitary group "Lehi" (Hebrew acronym for Lohamei Herut Israel, meaning "Fighters for the Freedom of Israel") is established by Avraham Stern with the avowed aim of forcibly evicting the British authorities from Palestine, allowing unrestricted immigration of Jews - and the formation of a Jewish state.
25 November - Patria disaster: The Patria, a French-built ocean liner, carrying approximately 1,800 Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine, sinks in the Haifa harbour after a bomb carried covertly on board by the Haganah explodes; 260 people are killed and another 172 were injured. The Haganah had planted the bomb with the intention of disabling the ship to prevent it from leaving Haifa, as the British were deporting the refugees, who did not possess entry permits. However, the Haganah had miscalculated the effects of the explosion and the bomb causes the ship to sink within fifteen minutes, trapping hundreds in the hold.
12 December - The MV Salvador, which carries approximately 327 Bulgarian Jewsish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine, is wrecked in a violent storm in the Sea of Marmora, near Istanbul. The ship sinks taking the lives of 204 passengers including 66 children. There were 123 survivors.