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Protests Against Visas for PLO

Protests are mounting in Britain following official confirmation that representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization received entry visas from a British Embassy in the Middle East to attend the Inter-Parliamentary Union conference here next month. The visas were granted despite protests by Jewish and non-Jewish personalities and organizations. The British Embassy issuing the visas was not identified but it is presumed that it was the Embassy in Lebanon. One hundred MPs of all three leading parties have already signed a petition presented to the House of Commons deploring the British move.

The Home Office said Friday night that the Palestinians had approached the British government about the entry visas but that “While this approach was being looked at, some of the people were granted visas overseas.” The visa grants are regarded here as a victory for the terrorists.