Egypt Submits Protest to Germany Against Reparations to Israel

The Egyptian Government has submitted a memorandum to the West German Government outlining the basis of Arab protests against German payment of reparations to Israel, it was learned here today.

Meanwhile, Bonn Government circles reveal that when the Arab League delegation which is due here this week to protest the reparations pact arrives, the Germans will endeavor to explain that the agreement is not aimed against the Arab states.

The Germans will point out that the agreement provides that Israel will receive no war materials, that goods from reparations payments may not be sold abroad, and that all such goods will be used solely to build up Israel’s economy. In addition, the Germans will state that the agreement can no longer be changed.

The first two members of the seven-nation Arab League delegation have already arrived and today held a press conference at which they criticized West Germany for negotiating directly with Israel rather than through the United Nations Palestine Conciliation Commission. The Arabs, Dr. Ali Alsafy of Iraq and R. Alagaty of Syria, urged that the reparations treaty now be submitted to the Palestine Conciliation Commission so that it could be analyzed by experts in international law.

They also threatened a rupture of relations between the Arab states and Germany if the reparations agreement is ratified in its present form.

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