Protests Against Iraqi Executions Continue; Canada Considers Extending Aid

Despite the Iraqi Government’s announcement that it would not try any more Jews on charges of spying for Israel, anger over the recent execution of nine continued today.

In Baltimore, a protest against the hangings and a reaffirmation of support for Israel’s hopes for peace were registered by 1,200 demonstrators at a two hour rally sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council.

From Ottawa it was reported that the Canadian Government was considering ways to assist the beleaguered Jewish community of Iraq and Jews in other Arab countries but was proceeding cautiously in order not to jeopardize them further.

The small Jewish community of Guatemala was supported by public figures, Cabinet ministers and the press in a condemnation of the hangings. A public protest meeting at the Guatemala City synagogue was attended by several hundred non-Jews. Messages of sympathy were received from Emilio Arnales Catalan, Foreign Minister of Guatemala and the current president of the United Nations General Assembly.

In Bonn, a West German television reporter said in a broadcast from Baghdad that Iraqi authorities told him that all evidence against the nine Jews had been destroyed as soon as their trial ended. The reporter said that was the reply he got when he asked officials to produce evidence of their guilt.

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