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Israel Government Classifies Irgun Members As Civil Servants

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The Civil Service Commission announced today that recognition will be accorded in computing pension and severance payments to civil servants for service in the Irgun, the pre-state Revisionist underground organization conducted by Merachem Beigin and the Lochamei Herut Yisrael, a similar organization.

The action followed a recommendation to that effect approved last night by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, by a 36 to 18 vote. Previously, such recognition had been accorded to those with records of service in the Haganah, the pre-state Jewish Defense Organization, the Jewish Agency and other recognized organizations whose employees went into government service when the Jewish State was established. It had been with held from employees of the two underground organizations.

The recommendation was opposed by the Mapam, Achdut Avoda, the Communists and some Mapai deputies. Eight other Mapai deputies abstained in the voting.

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