Israel Anniversary Fetes in Brazil

Israel’s 30th anniversary was celebrated here and in other Brazilian cities over the weekend. More than 10,000 people gathered at Rio’s Maracanazinho sports stadium where famous Jewish and non-Jewish stars of stage, television and motion pictures participated in a gala salute to Israel program. The singing of Hatikva by the massive audience resounded through the area around the stadium.

In Sao Paulo, more than 5000 people participated in an anniversary celebration at the Hebraica Club. One of the attractions was the Israeli singing ensemble “Tzavta Israel.” Last Thursday, the Sao Paulo post office postmarked all letters with a special stamp commemorating Israel’s 30th anniversary.

In Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, the anniversary celebration was officially launched with a ceremony opening the new Israeli Embassy building. Officiating at the ceremony were Foreign Minister Azeredo da Silveira and Osvaldo Aranha, the son of the late Ambassador Osvaldo Aranha who presided at the historical United Nations session on Nov.29, 1947 which voted for the Palestine partition plan. Another element of the celebration was a reception at the residence of Israeli Ambassador Moshe Erel.

In the House of Representatives, Milton Steinburgh-Lomackinsky, in the name of the opposition party, and Cunha Bueno, in the name of the government party, paid tribute to Israel.

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