Dispute over Arlosoroff Murder

A dispute over the Arlosoroff murder 40 years ago arose yesterday in the Knesset. Benyamin Halevy, of the Gahal faction, demanded a new investigation of the crime to remove the pall of suspicion from three members of the rightist Zionist-Revisionist movement who were accused of murdering the Labor Zionist leader but eventually acquitted.

Haim Zadok, speaking for the Labor Party, rejected a new inquiry. He said there was no reason for one because of the acquittals. Halevy said that even though the accused were acquitted for lack of evidence, the left-wing continued to charge them with the murder of Chaim Arlosoroff who headed the Jewish Agency’s political department when he was slain in 1933. The murder has never been solved.

One of the accused, Zvi Rosenblatt, said he is considering suing Histadrut Secretary’ General Yitzhak Ben Aharon for libel for saying in a Davar interview recently that he was not convinced of the innocence of the accused.

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