New York (Dec. 19)
A campaign to raise $4,000,000 for the establishment of a medical school in Palestine was opened last night at a dinner given by the American Friends of the Hebrew University, the American Jewish Physicians Committee, and Hadassah. The dinner was given in honor of seveteen Nobel Prize winners, headed by Dr. Albert Linstein, who are serving on a committee of scientific sponsors of the medical school project.
The school, which will become part of the Hebrew University in Palestine, will be the first institution of its kind in the Middle East. It is planned to make it a world center for tropical medicine. For the last three years medical education specialists have been preparing plans for the institution. Beside giving young Jews an opportunity for medical training. which has been denied to them for more than a decade, the school aims to train residents of the Middle East and thus increase the supply of desperately needed physicians.
Among those acclaiming the creation of a Palestinian medical school were a member of American scientific leaders and Dr. Chaim Weizmann of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Dr. Weizmann declared the school would "once more fructify the knowledge of mankind." A total of $475,000 was raised at the dinner.