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Eight Plead Not Guilty to Contact with Terrorists

Eight left wing activists pleaded not guilty Thursday to violating an Israeli law that forbids Israelis from having contact with members of a terrorist organization.

The eight are accused of having met with PLO activists in Budapest two years ago. Their trial will open next March.

Its outcome is expected to be affected by how the High Court of Justice rules on the appeal of another group of Israelis, who were convicted of meeting PLO representatives in Romania.

Meanwhile, seven of the defendants pleaded not guilty on all counts.

The eighth, David Ish-Shalom, pleaded guilty to meeting with PLO people but not guilty of illegal activity on grounds that the PLO is not a terrorist organization.

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