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Flag of Israel Hoisted in Consulate in Johannesburg; Shofar Sounded, Youths Dance Horas

The flag of Israel was hoisted today at the Israel Consulate-General here. Chief Rabbi I. Rabinowitz blessed the flag in the presence of nearly 500 delegates attending the South African Zionist Conference here who recessed their meetings to witness the flag-raising ceremonies.

As the Jewish state’s emblem was unfurled, the traditional blasts of the Shofar resounded throughout the area and scores of youths began to dance the Hora folkdance. Later all participants in the ceremonies sang Hatikvah.

A review of the aid which the South African Zionists provided the new state of Israel during the initial, crucial stages of its existence was presented today by Bernard Gering, president of the South African Zionist Federation, to the delegates from South Africa, Rhodesia and Kenya attending the South African Zionist Conference here. A declaration of greetings to Israel was adopted by the delegates.