Jerusalem (May. 21)
While Revisionist groups all over Palestine demonstrated and rioted, demanding the freedom of Aba Achimeier, Revisionist theorist arrested on the charge of being a leader of a secret terrorist organization and said to be on the fourth day of a hunger strike protesting his continued detention, police informed a visiting Revisionist delegation that “Achimeier has not begun any hunger strike as yet and is still eating.”
URGE JEWISH MOURNING
The Revisionists approached the police and requested that a private doctor be allowed to examine Achimeier. The Revisionist organization in Palestine issued an appeal to the Jews of the country, asking them to wear mourning and to abstain from visiting movies, concerts and theatres until Achimeier is freed.
Achimeier is still detained in the same cell he occupied with Abraham Stavsky and Zvi Rosenblatt, Revisionists on trial for the murder of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff.
The chief rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi A. I. HaCohen Kook, sent a special greeting to Achimeier.
Achimeier, originally one of the three defendants charged with the murder of Dr. Arlosoroff, was released when the judges held that the evidence against him was insufficient.
He was rearrested by the police and charged with having been the leader of the Brith Habiryonim, secret terrorist organization unearthed last July during the police investigation of the murder of Dr. Arlosoroff. The other defendants in the Brith Habiryonim case are free on bail.
Police refused to assent to the release of Achimeier on bail and the Jerusalem District Court upheld them. Horace Samuel, attorney for the Revisionist, appealed to High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope to order the release of Achimeier on bail.
The news of the alleged hunger strike begun by Achimeier created great excitement in Revisionist circles and led to the organization of protest demonstrations, which were held yesterday and which led to minor riots and vandalism.