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U.S. Explains Its Boycott of Exhibition Opening

The United States Government regards Israel’s “Conquest of the Desert” exhibition which opened today in Jerusalem as an “official function” and will not attend because this government does not recognize the legality of the location of the Israel Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. A State Department spokesman made this known today.

The spokesman said American Embassy officials may attend the exhibition after today but were purposely avoiding the political implications they feel would be attached to appearing at Jerusalem today in an official capacity.