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Polish Dancer Defects to Israel

A non-Jewish member of a Polish dance troupe that performed in Israel has defected to the Jewish state.

Zigmund Iriniash, 27, a member of the Slovianki folk dancers, who participated in an international folk-dance festival in Haifa this week, defected and remained in Israel when the troupe returned home Tuesday.

Iriniash is believed to have joined an Israeli Jewish woman he met last year, when both took part in another international folk-dance festival in Canada.