Youths Stone Synagogue As Stavsky Attends Service
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Youths Stone Synagogue As Stavsky Attends Service

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A high state of tension prevailed in this city yesterday as feeling ran high on the decision of the Palestine Court of Appeals Friday freeing Abraham Stavsky, young Revisionist, after a lower court had sentenced him to death for the murder of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff, noted Zionist labor leader.

Two clashes here resulted in minor injuries to several, including Corporal Silber of the police force, who was hurt when Socialists created a minor row before the Great Synagogue.

A gang of youths threw stones at the synagogue yesterday morning when Stavsky and Zvi Rosenblatt, another Revisionist who was acquitted of taking part in the Arlosoroff murder, attended the services. The gang smashed several benches in the synagogue and aroused intense indignation at the desecration of the Sabbath and the house of worship.


A detachment of police, sent here Friday to take command of the situation in view of the state of feeling, restored order. Several of the gang were said to have been identified and may be arrested later.

A second clash between Revisionists and Socialists took place yesterday afternoon. One participant was injured when struck in the head by a stone. Six others received first-aid treatment in nearby drugstores.

A police communique pointed out that a certain amount of tension still exists in Tel Aviv, complicated by the presence in the streets of large crowds owing to the Jewish holiday Tisha B’Ab.

The tense feeling over the Stavsky verdict was undoubtedly aggravated by a manifesto of the labor party Friday evening on the appeals court judgment. The manifesto asserted that although Stavsky had been freed, he and Rosenblatt remain the murderers of Arlosoroff in the eyes of the party, which vows revenge.

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