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Jewish Agency Treasurer Defends Budget; Stresses Need for More Funds

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Jewish Agency treasurer Dov Joseph announced today that he would shortly place before the finance commission of the Zionist Actions Committee a budget plan designed to put the Actions Committee “to the test.” Speaking at the conclusion of debate in the committee, Dr. Joseph indicated that the vital problem was not how to allocate Zionist funds, “but how to raise more.”

Replying to critics of his 211,500,000 pound budget for the coming fiscal year, Dr. Joseph noted that it was not, as charged, a “cut” in relation to last year’s budget. He pointed out that the 1957-58 budget had been voted at 187,000,000 pounds but part way through the year had been increased to 220,000,000. “The same could happen this year,” he declared.

Replying to Hadassah delegates who objected to lower appropriations for Youth Aliyah work, he asked women’s Zionist groups to raise still more money. In a similar vein, he told critics of the immigration portion of the budget that he would take their remarks “more seriously” if he knew that on their return home they would call for a 25 percent increase in contributions to the United Jewish Appeal.

The Actions Committee split up into subcommittees today to work out resolutions and policy in various fields. The plenary body will gather again Thursday to approve resolutions and policy.

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