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Sternists in Jerusalem Planned Rebellion Against Israeli Government. Court Hears

Nathan Friedman-Yellin, Sternist chief, on trial before a military court at Acre today denied knowledge of the existence of a letter found by Israeli police in the Tel Aviv headquarters of the Stern Group in which the Jerusalem unit of the Sternists asked whether members in Tel Aviv would assist if the Jerusalem group rebelled against the Israeli Government. Friedman-Yellin was under cross examination for seven hours today.

The Sternist leader also denied knowledge of the origin of arms, ammunition and a quantity of foreign currency, including $7,000 in U.S. bills. The money and arms were found in his apartment. He admitted that even after they joined the Israeli Army members of the Stern Group remained under the organization’s political influence and its internal discipline.