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Funeral Services Held for Yehuda Burla, 83, a Prominent Sephardic Novelist in Israel

Funeral services were held here today for Yehuda Burla, a prominent Hebrew novelist of Israel’s Sephardic community who died in Haifa yesterday at the age of 83.

Mr. Burla had been for many years president of the Israel writers Association. He drew the material for his novels from Israel’s Oriental Jew who were the heroes and heroines of his stories. Among his most popular novels were “The Songstress” and “His Unloved Wife.” Mr. Burla was the first Hebrew novelist to write of homosexuality as a social phenomenon and as an individual predilection. He often expressed deep contempt for the Diaspora in his writing and in public discourse. Hundreds of his admirers and disciples attended his funeral.