National Committee for Labor Israel Proclaims $10,000,000 Fund Drive for Histadrut
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National Committee for Labor Israel Proclaims $10,000,000 Fund Drive for Histadrut

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A $10,000,000 campaign for Histadrut was proclaimed here today at the 26th annual convention of the National Committee for Labor Israel attended by more than 3,000 delegates from 250 cities in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

In an address to the convention, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Reuben Shreibman asserted that three Arab states are vitally interested in concluding a peace treaty with Israel, but that they are unable to do so because of unstable internal conditions. He stated that the lack of peace is affecting a significant part of the economy of these states, which, he said, depend to a great extent on pilgrims and tourists.

Meir Grabowsky, majority leader in the Knesset, asserted that Israel was aware of activities within the Arab states and that she would rely solely on her own strength insofar as security for the country at large or Jerusalem is concerned. Mr. Grabowsky also lashed out at the Soviet Union, the countries of Eastern Europe, and the Arab states for their restricting the emigration of Israel-bound Jews.

Mayor William O’Dwyer of this city, at a luncheon of the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut yesterday, declared his opposition to the American-supported U.N. plan for the internationalization of Jerusalem declaring that any suggestion that the U.N. could administer a city as large as Jerusalem “just does not make sense.” The convention received messages hailing Histadrut’s work from President Truman and Israel President Weizmann.

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