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Y. Shohat, Director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Police, Dead

June 8, 1961
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Y. Shohat, director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Police, and the founder of Shomer, the self-defense organization formed by Palestine’s early Jewish pioneers more than 50 years ago, died here last night, aged 75.

A close friend of the present head of State, President Izhak Ben-Zvi, Mr. Shohat and young Ben-Zvi first founded “Bar Giora,” a still earlier self-defense organization of Jewish youth. Later, “Bar Giora” became the nucleus for the Shomer movement. Mr. Shohat’s wife, Manya, also a well-known pioneer, died two months ago.

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