Envoy in Czechoslovakia Reports to Ben Gurion on Prague Trial

Dr. Arieh Kubovi, Israel’s Minister to Czechoslovakia, arrived here today from Prague to report to the government on the anti-Jewish sentiment now prevailing in the ranks of the Czech Government which found its expression in the Prague “purge” trial last week.

Dr. Kubovi met today with Premier David Ben Gurion and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett A special meeting of the entire Israel Cabinet will be held tomorrow to hear Dr. Kubovi’s report.

The Communist Club of Jerusalem was set afire today by unidentified persons. It is assumed that the attack is the result of strong anti-Communist feeling which reached a high point here following the Prague trial at which a great deal of slander was voiced against Israel by the Czech Communist authorities. Police are investigating the incident.

A split is imminent in the leftwing Socialist Mapam Party over the Prague trial, the Hebrew press reported today. The split seems to be developing between the Hashomer Hatzair faction of the party which supports Dr. Moshe Sneh, radical leader, who insists upon following the Cominform line, and the L’Achduth Avodah faction which demands that the party repudiate charges at the trial against Zionism and Mordecai Oren, Mapam leader under arrest in Prague, who “confessed” to working against the Czechoslovak Government.

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