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Israelis Demonstrate in Front of Soviet Embassy Against Nuclear Tests

Strong police forces, including mounted police, cordoned off the Soviet Embassy compound in suburban Ramat Gan today when a large demonstration was staged outside the police lines by an organization calling itself the Movement Against Nuclear Weapons and Tests.

The demonstrators carried signs calling on the USSR to cancel plans for exploding a 50-megaton hydrogen bomb “because of the hazard to all humanity.” Members of the group tried to enter the Russian Embassy to present a petition to Ambassador Mikhail Bodrov, but were prevented from entering by the police. Police officers who inquired inside the Embassy whether the petitioners would be received were told: “Today is Sunday, not a working day; let them try tomorrow.”

Pickets representing the organizers of the anti-Russia demonstration paraded also in an empty lot across the street from the American Embassy carrying signs advising President Kennedy: “Don’t let Khrushchev drag you into the nuclear race.”

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