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Jerusalem Police Chief Dead of Heart Attack

June 23, 1989

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Yosef Yehudai, the police chief of Jerusalem, died today of a heart attack, officials said. He was 42.

The Romanian-born Yehudai emigrated to Israel in 1961 and has served with the paramilitary border police and regular police since he was 17 years old.

Yehudai, appointed commander of police forces in Jerusalem three years ago, has confronted frequent outbreaks of violence in the disputed city since the Palestinian uprising broke out in December 1987.

The soft-spoken, pipe-smoking Yehudai was often seen commanding his forces during Palestinian stone-throwing clashes with police in east Jerusalem, annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war.

Yehudai is survived by his wife, who is also a police officer, and two daughters.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

-06-23-89 0716EDT

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