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Israel Committee for UNESCO Protests Sending of Radar to Egypt

The Israel National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization protested today against a decision by UNESCO director Luther H. Evans to send Egypt radar equipment ostensibly for use in Egyptian secondary schools.

The Israeli national commission, in a cable to the executive board of UNESCO in Paris, protested that the use of funds for this purpose violated the aims and spirit of a resolution adopted at UNESCO’s ninth general council in New Delhi earlier this year. Previously, British and French delegates protested the use of educational funds for radar equipment.

The New Delhi meeting approved a grant of $200,000 to repair school buildings and replace educational equipment destroyed during the Hungarian rebellion and the Sinai campaign. While Hungary received standard educational equipment, Egypt asked, and approval was granted, for radar devices. Following the protests, the UNESCO executive board ordered Dr. Evans to investigate whether Egypt’s request was in conformity with the New Delhi resolution.