PARIS (Nov. 15)
The executive committee of the World OSE Union meeting here this week decided to do everything possible within its means to re-open OSE institutions in Israel in agreement and with the assistance of the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, it was announced here today. The executive also entrusted its chairman with the formation of a Friends of the World OSE movement in Paris to strengthen the social character of the organization as a whole and to form a committee for fund-raising and education.
The announcement said that the executive had received cables from the Mayor of Haifa, the Israel Minister of Social Welfare and the chairman of the Knesset Committee for Social Service requesting the OSE Union not to close up its institutions in Israel under any circumstances and thus avoid inflicting hardships on children, parents and community.
The executive expressed its, “great disappointment” at the Joint Distribution Committee’s decision not to provide financial assistance to OSE institutions in Israel and declared that “this was contrary to the agreement signed by the two organizations,” The view was expressed that the abandonment of OSE work in Israel “would result in the risking of the very existence of the OSE Union as a world organization.” The executive passed a unanimous vote of confidence in its chairman Abel Shaban.