ROME (Aug. 31)
Israelis and Arabs arc participating Jointly, for the first time, in the annual students’ seminar which opened here today under the joint auspices of the Bari Levant Fair and the foreign relations department of the Italian National Federation of University Students.
This year’s seminar is the third of these events. In 1958, no invitation was extended In Israel, in deference to the wishes of Arab student organizations, Israel was invited in 1959, but did not attend. Now the Israelis and the representatives of the Arab states are not only participating Jointly, but even sharing living quarters in the same place, an old Roman-style convent here.
The purpose of the seminar is to show to students from other lands, most of Item underdeveloped areas, aspects of Italian social, political and economic contributions to underdeveloped lands. Three Israelis are here, the head of the delegation being Ben Ami Shillony, of the National Union of Israeli Students. The two others represent students at Technion and at Tel Aviv University.
The Bari Levant Fair will open officially September 4 and will run until October. Israel is exhibiting at the Fair, and Israel Day will be observed on September 12. Gad EJron, Israeli commercial attache here, will represent his government officially at the Fair on Israel Day.
Among the countries represented at the student seminars, in addition to Israeli are I he United Arab Republic, including both the Egyptian and Syrian regions; the General Association of Palestinian Students, which has its headquarters in Cairo; Malta, Algeria, Tunisia, Ceylon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Libya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and India.