RIO DE JANEIRO (Apr. 26)
Israel’s 24th anniversary will be celebrated May 24 by the Legislative Assembly of Guanabara State, which at the same time will mark 150 years of Brazilian independence. The country has a total of 22 states. The Israeli celebration was approved by the Guanabara Chamber of Deputies by 39-2, one of the opponents being of Syrian descent. Rep. Levi Neves, a non-Jew, said the double fete would symbolize the friendship between Israel and Brazil, which has 150,000 Jews in a population of more than 90 million and an autocratic military government.