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Israel Refuses Visa to American Jew Suspected of Tax Evasion in U.S.

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The Ministry of the Interior today rejected an application for an immigration visa filed by an American tourist suspected of “irregular financial dealings in the United States.” The American, Mervyn Gold, of Cleveland, Ohio, came here four months ago with his wife and two children. It is understood that the United States Embassy did not request the extradition of Mr. Gold, who is also suspected of income tax evasion in the United States.

The refusal by the Interior Ministry to grant an immigration visa to Mr. Gold does not necessarily mean that he will be expelled at this time. He may apply to the High Court for an order to the Interior Ministry to show cause why he should not be granted immigration status or he could apply directly to the Ministry for a temporary visitor’s visa, although it appears doubtful that the latter would be granted.

Mr. Gold applied for the immigration visa under the 1950 law providing that “every Jew has the right to come to this country as an immigrant.” The law, however, authorized the Government to refuse an immigrant’s visa if the applicant “has a criminal past likely to endanger public order.”

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