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The Test of Maritime Sovereignty: The Establishment of the Zim National Shipping Company and the Purchase of the Kedmah, 1945–1952

Kobi Cohen-Hattab
Israel Studies
Vol. 20, No. 2 (Summer 2015), pp. 110-134
Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/israelstudies.20.2.110
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/israelstudies.20.2.110
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

ABSTRACT In its quest for statehood, the Jewish settlement (Yishuv) in Palestine established the Zim shipping company in 1945. Zim purchased its first ship, the Kedmah, in partnership with a British firm. However, technical setbacks, as well as infighting within the crew, distrust on the administrative level, and critiques by some circles within the Yishuv, ultimately made the Yishuv's first foray into maritime sovereignty a questionable achievement. The ship's success as a symbol of the burgeoning state was, nonetheless, unquestionable; it was viewed as a pioneering effort, heralded by the general public, and ultimately served as a first step on the path to maritime sovereignty.

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