Clandestine Jewish Immigration Information and Research Center in Memory of Admiral Mordechai (Moka) Limon
Located at the Atlit “Illegal” Immigrant Detention Camp
, Bintivey Ha’apala, (In the pathways of the “Illegal” Immigration) is a computerized database and information center, created at the initiative of the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS).
The SPIHS has set a goal of tracing as many as possible of the 130,000 “Illegal” Immigrants who came to Palestine from 1934 to 1948 in defiance of the British blockade in accordance with the infamous White Paper that limited Jewish Immigration to Eretz Israel.
.A major part of the database is dedicated to personal documentation. The information about the Ma’apilim (“illegal” immigrants) also includes data regarding all the “Illegal” Immigrant boats, together with their technical specifications, details of purchase, photographs and stories of the supporting personnel and crew that manned them in their hazardous journey to Israel.
Bintivey Ha’apala has so far gathered some 50,000 personal pages and testimonies which have been processed and recorded. Greater effort has to be made to reach as many of the 130,000 “Illegal” Immigrants as possible, directly or through their descendants. Time is of the essence.
We urge all “illegal” immigrants, as well as the organizing and support personnel, family members and friends, to fill in questionnaires. The attached questionnaire is intended for activists and volunteers only (a separate questionnaire is intended for "illegal" immigrants and is available in the internet website of SPIHS).