NEW YORK (Aug. 26)
Three million pounds of goods, ranging from streptomycin to motor trucks, have been given by Americans to the new state of Israel, it was announced today by Materials for Palestine, Inc. The figure covers the work of the organization from the start of its activity last February until July 21 and is the first public report of its program.
“Shipments have increased,” explained Rudolf G, Sonneborn, president of the organization, “but we are far from meeting the serious requirements. Additional medical supplies, blankets, clothing and food, especially dried milk and eggs, are among the urgent needs. We could use the equipment for two base hospitals. We are not asking for money but for actual materials,” he stressed.
Materials for Palestine was formed by a group of American Zionist sympathizers who previously had been associated informally in the raising of money for the purchase of ships and supplies for Israel. Five of the ships obtained, including two corvettes purchased from the Canadian Government, are now part of the Israeli Navy.