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Rosenblatt Innocent of Arlosoroff Murder, He Asserts at Hearing

November 17, 1933
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Zvi Rosenblatt, one of three Revisionists accused of the murder of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff, asserted today at the magistrate’s hearing in the case, that he was innocent. He admitted that he had attended a meeting at Kfar Saba on June 16, the night of the murder, where he offered his resignation from the work of organizing. His resignation was not accepted by the group. However, he had not recollected this fact previously, since he was arrested a month after the murder, and treatment for an injured foot for a fortnight before his arrest had made it slip his mind.

Rosenblatt revealed that Rebecca Feigin, who had denounced him to the police, had visited him in prison three times, begging for a confession from him. He told her that he was not guilty. He alleged that the Feigin woman brought him notes, purportedly from Aba Achimeier, another defendant, also asking him to confess in the interests of the Revisionist party. But he recognized the notes as forgeries, he said.

He also declared that Mrs. Sima Arlosoroff, widow of the murdered man, visited him and told him to confess, since there were weighty proofs against him and said he would have a better chance if he confessed. He said that he retorted to her “I am innocent.”

Rosenblatt alleged that his identification came from photographs seized by the police. He said, “I did not confess to Moshe Cohen, a stool-pigeon, in my cell.” The prosecutor cross-examined the defendant.

Previously, Achimeir and the third defendant, Abraham Stavsky, had asserted their innocence and demanded their freedom.

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