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Syria Rejects U.S. Protest on 2-year Imprisonment of New York Man

March 21, 1966
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Syria has rejected a United States Government protest concerning an American citizen who was held incommunicado for almost two years, after crossing the border from Israel, it was learned today. The State Department has been told that the American, Edward Levy, 25, of New York, was actually “an Israeli citizen” and that the State Department had “greatly exaggerated” the case.

The Syrian statement charged that “Zionist circles” had exploited the affair “to damage Syria’s relations with friendly foreign countries. ” Mr. Levy’s detention was disclosed when he was released in an Israeli prisoner exchange with Syria for a Syrian held in Israel, Mr. Levy is now back home in New York.

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