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120,000 Persons at Peace Festival

More than 120,000 Israelis, nearly a fifth of the population of Tel Aviv, massed in the municipal square late last night for a peace song festival that lasted well past midnight. Clearly elated by recent political events, the throngs ignored the winter chill–temperatures were in the thirties–and some plunged into the ornamental pool opposite the town hall. Police diverted traffic from streets leading to the square and permitted only pedestrians to enter the area. Mayor Shlomo Lehat and members of the city council were on hand.

It was learned, meanwhile, that a proposal by Lehat to declare Tel Aviv and Alexandria twin cities was received by the governor of the Alexandria district. The Egyptian official reportedly told the Israeli negotiators at the Cairo conference who visited Alexandria yesterday that he hoped the symbolic joining of the two cities could be arranged soon.

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