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Zvi Lurie, Veteran Zionist, Dies at 62; Headed Jewish Agency’s Organization Dept.

Zvi Lurie, head of the Jewish Agency’s Organization Department, died yesterday of heart failure. He was 62. Born in Lodz, Poland, he came to Israel in 1925. A member of Kibbutz Ein Shemer, he was a leader in the Mapam Party. Mr. Lurie was a member of the Vaad Leumi (Knesset Israel), the organizational framework of the Palestinian Jewish community during the British Mandate. When it was abolished in 1948 and a provisional council of state was formed, he joined the latter body. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.