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Israel “mourns” Signing of Peace Pact by Allies with Germany

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Israeli evening papers appeared with black borders, reporting the news from Bonn that the Foreign Minister of the United States, Britain and France yesterday signed a peace contract with the West German Government restoring Germany to equal partnership in the community of free nations.

In connection with the signing of the peace contract between the Western powers and West Germany, the Israel Parliament last night recessed for five minutes. The recess was in protest against the failure of the world to take note of Israel’s plea of Jan. 10, 1951 calling for world-wide protests against the re-arming of Germany and demanding its demobilization as well as the punishment of Nazi war criminals.

The recess was called by Deputy Speaker Benjamin Mintz, who revealed that Israel’s plea had been ignored by both East and West–“the East which proposed the unification of Germany and the West which signed a pact with West Germany.” The recess came after Mapam leader Itzhak Ben Aharon suggested it to protest the signing of the contractual agreement between the United States, France and Britain and West Germany. Mr. Mintz declared that the recess was not aimed against the West, as Ben Aharon had demanded, but against Germany.

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