Jerusalem (Aug. 28)
In a statement issued today denying the import of testimony introduced last Friday by the prosecution at the hearing of the three Revisionists accused of the murder of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff, Revisionist headquarters in Palestine today declared that no Revisionist Council meeting had ever been held at Petach Tikva, that no Revisionist Council or meeting had ever discussed terroristic acts and that Achimeir’s notes on the murder, which the prosecution claimed substantiated the charges against him, was merely one of numerous notes in regard to widespread rumors prepared by Achimeir for a projected article in Chazit Ha’am, Revisionist newspaper.
The reports of the testimony had created a great sensation at the Zionist Congress at Prague and led to the appointment of a commission to go to Palestine to gather testimony on certain acts of the Revisionist groups there.
Gurion, secretary of the Revisionist Labor group, and Guzman, member of the Grossmanist Revisionist headquarters staff, who were interrogated by the police under oath for eight hours, testified that they had been with Achimeir a fortnight after the murder when he made the notes on the rumors about the murder of Arlosoroff that were spreading all over Palestine.
The note on the Revisionist Council meeting in Petach Tikva, they said, was made by Achimeir as an example of the fantastic rumors that were being spread.
In the course of the hearing of Abraham Stavsky, Zvi Rosenblatt and Aba Achimeir, charged with the murder of Dr. Arlosoroff, the prosecution read passages and extracts from the diary of Achimeir, which the prosecution claimed established Achimeir’s complicity in the murder. One of the notes told of a party held in the home of Achimeir immediately after the killing to celebrate the “great victory.” The prosecution laid particular stress on the inverted quotes in this passage.