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Israel Rokach. Long Mayor of Tel Aviv and General Zionist Leader. Dead

Israel Rokach, for many years Mayor of Tel Aviv and a leader of the General Zionist Party in Israel, died here last night following a heart attack. He was 62.

Mr. Rokach, who was Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Parliament, served as Minister of Interior from 1953 to 1955 when the General Zionists participated in the Government coalition. He was among the party’s leading candidates for the forthcoming Knesset elections.

Bornin Jaffa, Mr. Rokach was an electrical engineering graduate of the Polytechnical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He was a member of the Tel Aviv Municipal Council from 1922 to 1953 and served as Mayor of the City from 1936 to 1953. He had been a member of the Knesset since 1949, for four years commuting between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem while holding the dual posts of deputy and May or of Tel Aviv.