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Israel Rejects Poland’s Charges Against Its Envoy in Warsaw

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The Israel Legation in Warsaw today informed the Polish Foreign Ministry that the Israel Government “rejects energetically and unreservedly” the charge made by the Polish Government against Dr. Arieh Kubovi, Israel Minister to Poland, declaring that he misused his diplomatic privileges to the prejudice of the Polish Republic and demanding his recall.

The Israel note presented in Warsaw today emphasized that the Polish allegations against Dr. Kubovi were “totally unfounded and wholly contrary to the truth.” At the same time, it was reported here that the Warsaw radio announced yesterday that the Polish Government had charged the Israel legation in Warsaw with espionage activities and had handed the legation a note demanding that “forbidden practices” of an “espionage character” he halted.

Accusing the Israeli legation of over stepping the limits of normal diplomatic functions, the note said the Israelis had not only represented the interests of Israel and its citizens, “but also illegally claimed the right to make representations on behalf of Polish citizens of Jewish origins, and this even against their wished.”

The Warsaw radio added that the note stated that despite repeated Warnings from the Polish authorities the Israel Legation had “attempted to become an ideological and organizational center to promote the growth of Zionist organizations liquidated in Poland a long time ago.”

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