JERUSALEM (Dec. 29)
The Israel Cabinet last night approved the draft of a reply to the U.N. Trusteeship Council refusing to return the government’s offices from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, it was learned today from reliable sources. It is understood that the reply will point out that the people of Israel will fight for Jerusalem as the British would for London and the Americans for Washington.
(At Lake Success, it was announced today that Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, former U.N. Palestine mediator, will not proceed to Geneva to participate in the forthcoming session of the U.N. Trusteeship Council, which opens there Jan. 19 and at which the question of the internationalization of Jerusalem will be one of the major issues under discussion. This was taken as an indication that no important results are expected to emanate from the Geneva meeting with regard to Jerusalem.)
The Israel parliament today voted an allocation of about $65,000,000 for housing construction for newly-arrived immigrants as well as for the erection of homes for established immigrants. It also ratified the United Nations genocide pact outlawing the mass murder of peoples.
Deputy Akiba Globman, chairman of the Knesset labor committee, in an address defending the government-introduced bill designed to encourage foreign capital investment in Israel, stated that “Israel’s industry is thirsty for investments and will heartily welcome every new investor.”
Mr. Globman also revealed that 25 percent of the imports brought into the Jewish state during the past nine months under the financing of the Export-Import Bank loan constituted industrial and agricultural machinery. He said that a number of new industries started at a cost of 3,000,000 pounds and employing 3,000 workers have already begun production while several other new plants, being erected at a cost of 7,500,000 pounds and providing work for 6,000 employees, are nearing completion.
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CONFER WITH J.D.C. DIRECTOR ON AID TO INVALIDS
The afforestation plan outlined by Premier David Ben Gurion last week at a session of the Israel parliament is now being expedited, it was announced here today. The announcement said that 2,500,000 trees will be planted this year in Israel–1,000,000 by the government, 1,000,000 by the Jewish National Fund, and 500,000 by various groups.
Representatives of the Ministry of Welfare today conferred with Charles Passman, director of the Joint Distribution Committee in Israel, in connection with a joint plan worked out by the Jewish agency, the J.D.C. and the Israel Government for the establishment of a home for invalid immigrants, including mental and tubercular cases. The government will also cooperate with the J.D.C. in the setting up of health rehabilitation centers for hundreds of invalids who have arrived in Israel as immigrants from Europe.