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Orthodox Jews Protest Transfer of Eichmann to Jail on Sabbath

December 27, 1961
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The question of action by police in transferring Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to and from the court building or the Sabbath was raised in the Knesset today when two religious deputies described the action as a desecration of the Sabbath.

Menachem Porush of the Agudat Israel party and Yaacov Greenberg of the National Religious party asked Police Minister Bechor Shitreet why it was necessary to transfer Eichmann to the court from the Ramleh prison on the Friday night before the trial verdict was read and to return him to the prison on the Friday evening following the sentencing.

In a brief reply, Mr. Shitreet said that security considerations prompted the timetable. He told the Knesset that the Israeli police work around the clock and that Sabbath and holiday restrictions do not apply to them.

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