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Brazil Prepares for Arrival of Israel President on State Visit

May 24, 1966
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A bill calling upon the Brazilian Government to grant honorary citizenship to Israel’s President Zalman Shazar was introduced today in the Chamber of Deputies, at Brasilia. President Shazar is scheduled to pay a state visit to Brazil, as the official guest of President Castello Branca, from July 18 to July 24. The bill in the Federal legislature was introduced by Deputy Cunha Bueno.

Advance arrangements for Mr. Shazar’s visit were launched here yesterday by Col. Arie Raz, military attache to the Israeli chief of state, who came here for that purpose. Col. Raz said that President Shazar will be accompanied by a party of seven persons. The Israeli army officer said he will go also to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiagode Chile to arrange for President Shazar’s visits to Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, all of which will be on his South American itinerary.

Five Arab ambassadors were criticized by the leading newspapers here today for conducting a news conference when their spokesman attacked the Israeli Embassy in Rio de Janeiro for allegedly “hoodwinking” public opinion in this country by charging the Arab states with aggressions against Israel. The conference was conducted by Mansur Shalita, local representative of the Arab League, although the Brazilian Foreign Ministry had advised the diplomats against attacking Israel in this country. The conference was an obvious effort to build up anti-Israeli feelings here, prior to President Shazar’s scheduled visit.

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