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Kin of Sarafend Hunger Strikers Start Sympathy Strike in Tel Aviv Synagogue

A sympathy hunger strike was launched in the Great Synagogue here today by 50 relatives, a majority of them mothers, of 80 hunger-striking Jewish prisoners in the Government concentration camp at Sarafend. The Sarafend strike, now in its fifth day, was precipitated by the Government’s action in extending for another six months the expired one-year term of a Jerusalem Revisionist, Israel Horvitz.

Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog has intervened with the central authorities on behalf of the Sarafend strikers. Mayor Israel Rokach of Tel Aviv visited the sympathy strikers in the Great Synagogue, promising that the Government would act on Rabbi Herzog’s plea and that of other Jewish leaders tomorrow. Meanwhile, two of the Sarafend strikers were taken ill and removed to the Hadassah Hospital at Jerusalem.