Jewish Agency to Have Own Voice on Uja-bond Coordination Body

Premier David Ben Gurion has agreed that the Jewish Agency shall be represented independently on the proposed national coordination committee in the United States of the Israel Bond drive and the United Jewish Appeal, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Agency executive, today reported to a meeting of the executive. He stressed that the Agency’s representative would be separate from the U.J.A. representation on the committee.

Dr. Goldmann also revealed that the Premier and the Agency co-chairmen had invited the heads of the Zionist Organization of America, Hadassah, Labor Zionist Organization of America and Mizrachi Organization of America to come to Israel before the forthcoming Zionist Actions Committee meeting to discuss Zionist problems in the United States. The Actions Committee session opens on November 20. The executive today voted to include a discussion of the German reparations agreement on the Actions Committee agenda.

Dr. George Josephthal, Agency treasurer, reported that the preparations for the transfer of all the immigrants from tents to temporary dwellings is progressing satisfactorily. He spoke of the organized incitement which is being conducted in the maabaroth, the temporary work villages from which the immigrants are being transferred to permanent homes in new areas. Some of the immigrants insist that permanent housing be built for them in the neighborhood of the maabaroth.

Yehuda Braginsky, Mapam leader and head of the Agency’s absorption department, suggested that all parties should launch an educational program to explain to the immigrants in maabaroth the real situation. Moshe Kol, head of the Youth Aliyah department, suggested a plan for the reception of immigrants from 16 to 18 years of age, which would give them a three-month orientation program after which they would join the semi-military youth battalions. The Agency executive voted to accept this plan, whose cost would be shared between the Agency and the Army.

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