U.S. Jews Urged to Provide Increased Financial Support for Israel
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U.S. Jews Urged to Provide Increased Financial Support for Israel

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Israel, as she begins her eighth year, may be “in grave danger of being forced back to a period of tent cities and unemployed immigrants unless American Jews can provide increased financial support for resetting the growing influx of impoverished newcomers from North Africa. Dr. Giora Josephthal, treasures of the Jewish Agency, warned here today. He spoke at as all-Zionist planning conference, sponsored jointly by the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal its major beneficiary.

Dr. Josephthal stressed that Israel, during the past seven years, has registered “extremely significant advances in all areas of the economy.” He said “agricultural production has increased by almost 125 percent since 1948 and the cultivated area throughout the country has more than doubled to reach approximately 925,000 acres this year. The population in transit camps and reception centers has been reduced from a peak of 250,000 to about 70,000 now in transition camps, There are no loner any tent cities.”

Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz executive vice-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal told the conference that “Israel and the democratic ideal might have suffered terrible set backs in the past seven years had it not been for the steadfast support given to both by American Jews.” The reported that, in the seven years of Israelis existence, American had made it possible for the UJA to allocate close to $500,000,000 for programs that “have helped Israel to transform hundreds of thousands of lives and thousands of years of changeless neglect.”

The UJA executive head warned that “a retreat now to the camps of yesterday would not only impair Israel’s economic health but, in disarming Israel economically might possibly invite a re-invigorated attack by its neighbors “Dewey D. Stone, national chairman of the United Israel Appeal and a chairman of the UJA campaign stressed that this year “the UJA can halt and even reverse the recent downward trends in out fund-raising experience.”


Dr. Nahum Goldmann, in a political statement referring to the recent Bandung resolution endorsing the demands of the Arab states, declared that “one might have expected that states that had only just obtained their sovereignty would be less ready accept of their face value the cliches of Arab League propaganda.”

Terming the Bandung conference in this respect “disconcerting and the demands of the Arab states “untenable. Dr. Goldmann expressed the view that it does not speak well for the moral climate in the world today that these nations adopted this resembled that the history created by Israel in the past seven years be cancelled out and replaced by history as the Arab League would like to write ### The Jewish Agency chairman called upon friends of Israel to elucidate move vigorously Israel’s case and to stand behind Israel financially and morally so that she can weather the present cress.

The resembled delegates representing about a million Zionists in this country adopted proclamation. Recognizing that the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal are the main channels of philanthropic aid to the people of Israel providing funds for the immigration and resettlement of the newcomers the housing of the homeless, and the cultivation of the desert the proclamation urged that p### be given to the UJA through the following means.

1 The establishment of a National Zionist Lea son Committee representing full scale Zionist manpower for the UJA.

2 Every Zionist organization shall direct its chapters the name chairman and committees whose specific job will be the promotion of the UJA campaign within Zionist ranks and the establishment of effective Watson with the local welfare funds.

3 Every Zionist chapter on local and community levers will designate a particular period as a lime best suited for the local campaign in which the membership w###### all of its energies and activities in behalf of the UJA campaign afford.

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