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Fifty Zionist Leaders Reported Arrested in Rumania; Emigration to Israel Still Permitted

Persistent reports reaching here from Rumania indicate that more than 50 Zionist leaders in that country have been rounded up by Rumanian authorities and concentrated in one single place of detention.

Among those allegedly detained are Dr. A. Benveniste, former president of the Rumanian Zionist Organization, and members of the Zionist executive in that country, including Dr. Loowonstein, B. Badi, H. Yakrakner, S. Unger, Dr. Drummer, Dan Iesanu and Michael Loiba. All of those roportedly arrested are either Mapai or General Zionist sympathizers, although one is said to be a Revisionist. No Mapam or Mizrachi leaders were detained, since they have already arrived in Israel.

The reports also indicate that all of the Zionists purportedly arrested in Rumania had applied for pormission to immigrate to Israel. They emphasize the fact that while the majority of similar exit permit applications have been granted, these well-known Zionist leaders have been barred from emigrating from Rumania.