Jewry Hails Release of Stavsky
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Jewry Hails Release of Stavsky

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leaped to his feet and shouted “Long live Jabotinsky.”

Stavsky and his friends immediately left the courtroom for the home of Dr. Avnieli, a Revisionist Zionist attorney.

The news of the verdict spread like wildfire through the crowds which had surrounded the court-house since dawn. A heavy police cordon had been placed around the court, but the crowd was peaceful and orderly. When the news of Stavsky’s acquittal become known the crowd went wild with joy There were scenes of wild jubilation as the immense throng cheered itself until hoarse. Utter strangers embraced each other out of sheer joy. Many wept.

A crowd gathered immediately outside the home of Dr. Avnieli and demanded that Stavsky speak. The young Revisionist came out on the balcony of the house and addressed the crowd briefly.


Stavsky greeted the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondents warmly and issued the following exclusive statement through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

“Just as I was released today so will the Jewish people ultimately be emancipated. I thank the Jews of the world for their sympathy and support during my ordeal. I am too overcome to speak, but I thank the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for its excellent reports on the trial.”

Horace Samuel, who defended Stavsky and who was standing near, smiled his assent to Stavsky’s statement.

A continual procession of callers streamed into Dr. Avnieli’s house to congratulate Stavsky on his acquittal. The city of Jerusalem was excited by the verdict. Hebrew newspapers were on the streets with extras soon after the verdict. The news vendors were almost mobbed by the crowds, who literally tore the papers from their hands.

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