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Cautious Optimism Expressed over Release of Arrested WZO Emissaries

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Officials here expressed cautious optimism today over prospects for the prompt release of five Israelis–emissaries of the World Zionist Organization–who were arrested in Cordoba. Argentina last Thursday for reasons unknown. It was disclosed meanwhile that three local employes of the WZO were arrested at the same time, not two as reported earlier.

The grounds for the optimistic outlook were not disclosed. It was reported, however, that the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires has been given the names of the Israelis and the local employes. This amounts to official confirmation by the Argentine authorities that they are in custody. Israeli officials in Argentina have not been permitted to see the detainees and the charges against them have not been disclosed. The WZO mean-while has warned its emissaries in Latin American countries to take extra care in the performance of their duties in order to avoid similar cases of “misunderstanding.”

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