Mr Ephraim Elrom, the Israeli Consul-General in Istanbul kidnapped and murdered three days ago by Turkish extremists, was buried with full military honours in Tel Aviv on Monday in a ceremony attended by Israel's rulers.
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CU Wreaths from Turkey being carried to grave-side
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Background: Mr Ephraim Elrom, the Israeli Consul-General in Istanbul kidnapped and murdered three days ago by Turkish extremists, was buried with full military honours in Tel Aviv on Monday in a ceremony attended by Israel's rulers.
Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon, who has bitterly attacked the Turkish People's Liberation Army for the murder, stood in at the funeral for Prime Minister Mrs Meir, who is abroad. Defence Minister Moshe Dayan and other Ministers accompanied the cortege from the Foreign Ministry Liaison office, and Foreign Minister Abba Eban read the eulogy at the graveside.
Later the Knesset(Parliament) in Jerusalem stood silently as the Speaker, Mr Reuben Barkatt, read a tribute to the dead Consul-General.
SYNOPSIS: Israel's Foreign Minister Abba Eban says prayers at the grave of Ephraim Elrom, the Israeli consul-general in Istanbul kidnapped and murdered by Turkish extremists. The Counsul's widow Elsa had to be supported by relatives as she watched the graveside ceremony with the other mourners. The burial was with full military honours, and policemen filled in the grave. Eight senior police officers had borne the coffin from an open command car.
Mr Elrom, who was shot dead three days ago was himself a police officer, head of the Criminal Investigation Department, and number two interrogator of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichman. Foreign Minister Mr Eban said at the graveside that humanity was now facing a situation in which violence reigned. He said the murderers had sullied the name of 'Freedom-fighter'. They were not men of freedom but of slavery, he said.
Among the wreaths piled on the grave were several from Turkish personalities, and Mr Yalzon Kutbai, Head of Protocol in the Turkish Foreign Ministry attended the service. Mr Kutbai had accompanied the body to Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon, representing the Prime Minister at the graveside, has bitterly attacked the Turkish People's Liberation Army for the Kidnapping and murder.
The funeral ended with three volleys of shots fired by the police honour guard as the coffin was lowered.
Later in the Knesset in Jerusalem, a special memorial session was held to pay tribute to Mr Elrom. The Speaker called for silence, and the House rose to listen to a short obituary delivered by him. The Speaker said that Ephraim Elrom joined the long list of men who had fallen in the line of duty....an innocent man, murdered in cold blood by scoundrels. He aid he had no words of consolation for Mrs Elrom, but the House was with her in these difficult hours. The House declared a short recess after the Speaker's statement before normal business was resumed.