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Surgeons Will Shift Site of Moscow Conference Unless Israelis Can Attend

The International Surgeons Association will shift the site of its annual conference from Moscow to Brussels if necessary unless two Israeli surgeons receive entry visas enabling them to attend, the Israeli section of the Association was informed by letter today. The group set an August 1 deadline for the issuance of visas to the eight top Israeli surgeons who applied for them. The deadline was intended to counter a familiar Soviet tactic used to prevent Israelis from attending international events in the USSR. In the past, Soviet authorities have withheld final decision on visas until it was too late to change the site of the meeting.