American Jewish Committee Sends Delegation to Israel and Vatican
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American Jewish Committee Sends Delegation to Israel and Vatican

A delegation of leaders of the American Jewish Committee, headed by living M. Engel, president, will embark this week on a 15,000 mile fact-finding, survey and consultative mission in Europe, North Africa and Israel, it was announced here today.

The delegation will confer with heads of governments, foreign ministers, Roman Catholic officials and U.S. Ambassadors in Paris, Rome, The Vatican, Casablanca, Tunis and Jerusalem. American Jewish Committee leaders were invited to visit Israel by Premier David Ben Gurion. The last Committee mission to Israel was in 1949, less than a year after the state was established.

“A number of compelling issues bearing on the status and condition of Jews, as well as on crucial problems of American and world concern, requires that we carry out this mission in behalf of improved human relations, humanitarian services for refugees and peace in some of the troubled areas throughout the world, “Mr, Engel declared. He said that the purposes of the mission have been discussed with the U.S. State Department. The group expects to meet with U.S. Embassy officials abroad.

The delegation will be composed, in addition to Mr. Engel, of James Marshall, Alan M, Stroock, Frederick F. Greenman, Dr. John Slawson, Ralph Friedman, all of New York, Herbert B. Ehrman of Boston and Martin Gang of Los Angeles. They will be escorted by Simon Segal, director of the AJC’s foreign affairs department, and Zachariah Shuster, director of the AJC office in Europe.