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Israel Minister Launches Ben-gurion’s Birthday Celebration in Chicago

Pinhas Sapir, Israel’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, last night inaugurated a month-long series of celebrations here of the 75th birthday of Prime Minister Ben-Gurion.

Speaking at a Chicago Labor Zionist meeting in the Grand Ballroom of the Morrison Hotel, Mr. Sapir emphasized that it was Mr. Ben-Gurion’s “vision and persistence” which were the foundation of the establishment of the Israel Bond campaign. At a time when many experts expressed grave doubts about such a program, Mr. Sapir noted, Mr. Ben Gurion made the historic decision that made possible the establishment of the Israel Bond organization, which has been one of the major bulwarks of Israel’s economic development during the past decade.

The meeting was the first event held in Chicago in celebration of the Prime Minister’s seventy-fifth birthday. The series of occasions in Chicago in honor of Mr. Ben-Gurion’s birthday will be climaxed on Sunday, November 26, by a city-wide celebration sponsored by the Chicago Committee for Israel Bonds.