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Jewish Agency Session Discusses Finances, Immigration, Reparations

Proposals formulated by the Jewish Agency for establishment in New York of a supreme committee to coordinate the activities of the United Jewish Appeal and the Israel bond campaign are now under discussion between the Jewish Agency and the Israeli Government, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, co-chairman of the Agency’s executive, reported this week-end at a plenary session of the Agency executive.

Dr. Goldmann also reported to the session on the status of reparations talks with Germany which, he said would start in the middle of this month in Belgium with English as the language of negotiation.

(The New York Times reported today from Jerusalem that Dr. Goldmann had declared that Israel will press for swift payment of German reparations during the next four, five or six years. In an interview, Dr. Goldmann said that “for Israel the important thing is that payment be made during the critical period of massive immigration and economic expansion.”)

GOLDMANN, LOCKER, AUTHORIZED TO NEGOTIATE ON STATUS

Dr. Goldmann and Berl Locker, the other Agency co-chairman, were authorized by the executive to continue negotiations with a Ministerial committee on the question of the Israel Government’s granting a legal status to the Agency. The session urged that these negotiations be brought to a speedy conclusion.

The decision was taken following a report by Dr. Goldmann on a meeting with the Ministerial Committee held Friday morning. Representing the Israel Government at this meeting were Premier David Ben Gurion, Minister Moshe Shapiro and Minister Dov Joseph. The Jewish Agency was represented by Dr. Goldmann, Mr. Locker, Mrs. Rose Halprin and Eliahu Dobkin.

Mr. Locker outlined the problems to be dealt with by the Agency session. These included, he said, relations between the United Jewish Appeal and the bond drive, the special status in Israel to be accorded the Jewish Agency, the forthcoming meeting of the Zionist General Council, the budget and general problems of immigration and absorption, the situation within the Zionist movement, the Keren Kayemeth, election of a comptroller, the demands of the Hebrew University, and the demand of the Poale Aguda, Orthodox labor group, for wider cooperation with the Zionist movement.

Moshe Kol, director of the Youth Aliyah, reported to the session that some 2,400 children arrived in Israel from last October to this month. He explained the causes for the drop in youth immigration and then outlined plans for continuing the immigration program. He also spoke of the problems involved in the absorption of religious youth.

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