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Israeli Flag to Be Displayed in Leningrad; First Time on Soviet Soil Since 1967 War

An Israeli flag will be stationed on Soviet territory for perhaps the first time since the Six-Day War when an Israeli delegation of mayors arrives at the Congress of the International Federation of Twin Cities in Leningrad. The mayors, who were invited by both the Conference Secretariat and the mayor of Leningrad, flew to that city from here this afternoon. The Federation’s statutes call for the display of the flags of participating nations. The Presidium of the Conference refused to open the sessions yesterday without the presence of the Israelis, who were detained here several days awaiting Soviet visas. The Soviet Embassy here, normally closed Wednesdays, was opened today on orders from Moscow for the dispensing of the visas. The five-man Israeli group is headed by Mayor Oved Ben-Ami of Nathanya.