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Increase in Technical Aid to Israel Reported by United Nations

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The technical assistance provided Israel by the United Nations and its agencies increased six times during the past year, according to the fifth annual report of the Technical Assistance Board, released here tonight. Israel’s case was not unusual and technical assistance rose sharply throughout the world. In no country, the report says, was the 1952 program smaller than in 1950-51.

During 1952, $601,252 were spent on UN aid to Israel, compared with less than $100,000 the year before. Including the resident representative, 43 experts worked on a variety of projects during the year and more than 100 fellowships were awarded to Israel.

In a section devoted to the future, the report shows that Israel will get about the same amount of aid during 1953. The amount of money to be spent on projects will be less, but 50 experts will be sent to the country. In 1954, it is hoped that even more experts–54 are listed–will be sent to Israel, but that will depend upon whether enough money will be forthcoming for the program.

One of the projects which has attracted a good deal of attention in Israel is the “stabilized earth construction” in which equipment valued at $21,800 is being used. Three experts are training Israelis in this cheap method of house construction. Another project which is also being continued this year is civil aviation. Specialists from several countries have been helping the government to make Israel a center for commercial flying.

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