Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor, 4 Others Killed in Auto Accident

Palestine Jews today mourned Deputy Mayor Dov Hos of Tel Aviv, three members of his family and Ben-Yaakov, director of the Jewish Agency’s Aviation Department, who were killed in an automobile accident on Sunday.

The accident occurred between Hedera and Nathanya as the group was returning to Tel Aviv after a visit to Jews interned in the Acre concentration camp. The dead were:

DOV HOS, 46, deputy mayor of Tel Aviv, secretary of the executive committee of the Histadruth, member of the Vaad Leumi, of the Zionist Actions Committee and of the Council of the International Federation of Trade Unions;

RIVKA HOS, wife of Dov Hos and sister of Moshe Shertok, head of the Jewish Agency’s political department;

TIRZAH HOS, their 18-year-old daughter;

FEIGA SHERTOK, sister-in-law of Moshe Shertok, fatally injured;

BEN-YAAKOV, director of the Jewish Agency’s Aviation Department who was driving the car.

The only other passenger, Chava Hos, sister of the deputy mayor, escaped with slight injuries.

The bodies were brought to Tel Aviv, where huge crowds gathered outside the Histadruth head offices. Funeral services were held on Monday. The Tel Aviv municipal building flew a black flag. Offices closed at noon and a special mourning session was held with Mayor Israel Rokach as the principal speaker. The Jewish Agency offices were closed during the funeral. A 20th anniversary conference of the Histadruth, scheduled for Monday in Haifa, was postponed.

Hos had planned to join a delegation of the Keren Hayesod (Palestine Foundation Fund) leaving for London soon to open the fund’s campaign in Britain. Born in Russia in 1894, he came to Palestine as a youth and rose to a position of prominence in labor Zionism and in the affairs of the Tel Aviv municipality.

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