Sec Dulles Due in Israel Today; Strict Security Measures Taken
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Sec Dulles Due in Israel Today; Strict Security Measures Taken

Strictest security measures were taken today by the Israeli authorities here and in Tel Aviv in connection with the arrival tomorrow of John Foster Dulles, U. S. Secretary of State, accompanied by Harold Stassen, Mutual Security director, and a number of State Department officials.

A report on the security measures taken in Jerusalem was given today by Major A. Kariv at a closed meeting of the municipal council. He also reported on his personal talks with the security authorities who have been charged with handling expected anti-Dulles demonstrations by leftist elements.

In Tel Aviv, the Mapam Party and the Committee for Peace, a leftist group, today reversed their decisions not to hold any anti-Dulles demonstrations and announced that they would hold an open-air meeting tomorrow in Mograbi Square. The Communist Party today announced that a Communist demonstration will be held in the southern section of Tel Aviv.

A number of persons were arrested today in Tel Aviv in connection with the plastering of anti-Dulles posters on the walls of buildings. The police continued to tear down the posters and wash off anti-Dulles inscriptions wherever they appeared.


The evening press reports that during his two-day stay in Israel, Secretary Dulles will be presented with a report on the situation of the Holy Places in Israel. The report will be submitted by Father O’Patrick, a Francis can monk who has been asked by the American Consulate in Jerusalem to accompany the Secretary of State on his tour of the Holy Places.

Press reports also reveal that Catholic clergy from both parts of Jerusalem–the part held by Israel and the part held by Jordan–are preparing a joint memorandum for submission to Secretary Dulles asking that Jerusalem be placed under international administration. It is known, however, that a number of Catholic dignitaries are opposed to any church interference in political affairs.

Secretary Dulles and Mr. Stassen will arrive in Israel by air from Egypt, in the company of Assistant Secretary of State Henry A. Byroade, State Department Counselor Douglas MacArthur, 2nd, and other diplomats and foreign aid officials. They will remain in the Jewish State through Thursday and will confer with President Itzhak Ben Zvi and Premier David Ben Gurion on problems concerning American-Israel relations, Arab-Israel peace possibilities and Israel’s role in the defense of the Middle East against Communist aggression.

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