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Ben Gurion Opposes Transfer of University Library from Mt. Scopus

Premier David Ben Gurion raised objections today to the transfer of the Hebrew University Library from Mt. Scopus to the new campus here.

Speaking to an audience of distinguished scholars and political leaders gathered to honor Prof. Martin Buber on the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Premier said that he would not want to see more than the “most essential, non-replaceable” of the half-million volumes removed from the Israeli enclave.

An agreement permitting removal of the books from the library and equipment from Hadassah Hospital on the height was negotiated by Dr. Francisco Urrutia, UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s personal representative, who recently brought the Israelis and Jordanians together over Mt. Scopus.

Earlier, Speaker of the Knesset Joseph Sprinzak hailed Prof. Buber, world renowned teacher and philosopher, as a spokesman “not only of his people but of all mankind.” After the event an exhibition of Prof. Buber’s works was opened at the Hebrew University.

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