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$417,000 Presented at U. J. A. Regional Conference in Pittsburgh

Checks totalling $417,000 were presented here at a regional conference of the United Jewish Appeal in which leaders from 72 communities in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia participated. Principal speakers at the conference were Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, who just returned from Israel, and Avraham Harman, Israel Consul General in New York.

The Tennessee Senator urged Americans to be encouraged by “Israel’s dedication to the building of free institutions” and lauded its leaders and people for being “realistic enough to give first priority to the strengthening of their economy as a real answer to the threat that confronts them today.”

Mr. Harman told the parley that repeated expressions of “Arab intransigents are not deflecting Israel from its major policies.” He said that Israel’s main objectives are: 1. The development of Israel’s national existence without detriment to its neighbors; 2. To offer these neighbors relations of peace and mutual cooperation; 3. To stand up for Israel’s right as an independent nation and to insure its capacity to defend itself against attack, and 4. To continue to provide a haven in Israel to those Jews who need it and seek it.”

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