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Knesset Asks Germany to End Activity of Her Scientists in Egypt

Israel’s Parliament declared in a unanimous resolution last night that it was the duty of the West German Government to put an immediate end to the “dangerous activity” of West German scientists working in Egypt on the development of advanced weapons of mass destruction “to be used against Israel.”

The resolution also urged West Germany to take all steps to prevent such scientific aid to the Nasser regime, and called on “enlightened world public opinion” to exercise its influence without delay to halt the work of the West German scientists and technicians in Cairo. The resolution charged that their objectives “expose to destruction the State of Israel in which the remnants of the Jewish people who survived the Nazi holocaust have gathered.”

The Parliament warned that the German people could not exempt themselves from responsibility for the continuation of “this vile work.” Approval of the resolution followed impassioned debate which testified to the continuing widespread distrust in Israel of the “new Germany.” Action on the resolution came after a formal statement before the House by Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, in which she posed the same demands for action by West Germany to bring an immediate halt to the weapons development work of the scientists and technicians.

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