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Italy Asked to Intervene for Jews on Trial in Egypt

The Union of Italian Jewish Communities appealed today to Italian Premier Mario Scelba to intervene with Egypt in behalf of the 13 Egyptian Jews being tried on charges of espionage in behalf of Israel.

In a memorandum to the Premier, the Union said such action on his part would stress Italy’s role in promoting peace and justice in the Mediterranean area. It denounced the Egyptian trial and the tortures used to force confessions from the defendants and also quoted Israel Premier Moshe Sharett’s recent warning that the imposition of death sentences on the 13 might provoke a great reaction in Israel.