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Meir Argov, Head of Knesset’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Dead

Meir Argov, member of the Knesset and chairman of the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Israeli Parliament, died here yesterday from a heart attack. He was 57. His last public appearance was when he spoke over the Kol Yisrael radio network on President Kennedy’s death.

Born in Russia, Mr. Argov (Grabovsky) settled in Palestine in 1926 and served as secretary of the Petah Tikva Labor Council. Later he served as director of the Histadrut settlement department. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1949 and attended every World Zionist Congress since the 18th.

Before emigrating from Russia, Mr. Argov was, as a Socialist, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Siberia and served three years of the sentence before he was deported. In recent years, he had played a leading role in cementing Israel’s relations with the newly developing African nations. He was one of those responsible for arranging for the sending of Israeli technicians and medical teams into the African countries.