TEL AVIV (Sep. 28)
Peter Bergson announced that the Hebrew Committee for National Liberation, which he heads, is closing down because Israel is at war and needs to concentrate all its forces here and abroad for victory.
Bergson, who was recently released after detention by the Israeli Government in connection with Irgun Zvai Leumi’s ill-fated attempt to land arms from the Altalena off Tel Aviv during the truce, said that all the committee’s property in the United States, including the Washington, D.C., building known as the “Hebrew Embassy,” was being handed over to the Israeli Government. The property is valued at $250,000.
Technicalities of the transfer will take several weeks, Bergson said. He added that the Israeli Government had already been advised. He expressed thanks to the United States Government and people and to France for support “during all these difficult years.”