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Mass Rally Marks Israel Birthday in Mexico; President Diaz Ordaz Greets Shazar

A mass rally marking the 19th anniversary of Israel’s independence was held by the Mexican Zionist Federation today at the Jewish Sports Center. The program included Israeli songs and dances around a bonfire and addresses by leading personalities. Yesterday, special prayers were recited in honor of Israel’s anniversary in synagogues throughout the country.

Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz cabled a greeting to Israeli President Zalman Shazar, congratulating Israel on behalf of the Mexican Government and people on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish State. A number of Mexican newspapers featured special articles on Israel in honor of the event.