Three Jewish Mayors from Israel Attend Berlin Conference

Several mayors of Israeli municipalities, including one Arab, are in attendance at the 16th International Congress of Municipal Authorities which is taking place here. As the Congress opened, an announcement was made that the Israel Government has invited the organization to hold its next session, in 1961, in Israel.

Conspicuously absent is Mayor Gershon Agron, of Jerusalem, whose City Council voted last week a resolution forbidding him to attend the Congress. Mr. Agron today cabled the Congress an apology for his inability to carry out his plans to head the Israel delegation here. The Jerusalem Council forbade the Mayor to go to Germany, a member of a local opposition party casting the deciding vote on the issue, which was hotly contested.

Among the Israelis attending the Congress are Mayor Mordechai Alon, of Binyamina; Mayor Pinhas Rashish, of Petach Tikvah; Mayor M. Zachar, of Tiberias; and Owa Issag, the president of the local Arab community of Baca el Garbia, Israel.

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