AMSTERDAM (Jan. 31)
The B’nai B’rith International Council, at its first meeting here, announced plans yesterday for the establishment of six offices for research in contemporary Jewish affairs and for the promotion of greater cultural interchange between Jewish communities in various parts of the world.
Philip M. Klutznick, chairman of the International Council, said that except for a New York office which will have primary responsibility for B’nai B’rith activity as a Jewish organization affiliated with the United Nations, the other five offices will conduct negotiations with the leaders of the Jewish communities for the proposed program.
It was indicated that three of the offices would be in Europe, one in Israel and the fifth in Latin America. It was recommended that a disbursement of $840, 000 be made from the reparations funds the organization received last year from West Germany.
The funds will be used primarily for Jewish educational and cultural programs. The largest single allocation of $425, 000 will be used in Israel. Programs in Latin America and Europe will each receive $100, 000. Programs in Great Britain and Ireland will get $60, 000 and $20, 000 will be expended in Australia.
With the exception of Israel, the funds will be matched on a dollar for dollar basis with money raised by local B’nai B’rith sources.
The Council in a resolution, denounced the Arab boycott as a “policy of aggression against Israel and economic warfare against Jews throughout the world. ” The resolution followed a review of boycott activities by Label A. Katz, president of B’nai B’rith. He said that the Arab states had been encouraged in use of the boycott by the “nonchalant attitude of many persons and governments” toward it.
The resolution urged that “Governments and business enterprises resist the boycott and denounce its immoral international behavior. “The boycott, the resolution stated, violated all principles of amity among members of the family of nations.