Hadassah Annual Convention to Evaluate U.S. Policy in Middle East

An evaluation of the problems of American policy in the Middle East will be one of the highlights of the 48th annual convention of Hadassah, which opens here this weekend.

The principal speakers at the first session Sunday will be Chester Bowles, President Kennedy’s special representative, and Avraham Harman, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. More than 2,000 delegates, representing 318,000 members in 1,320 chapters and groups in the United States and Puerto Rico, will participate in the convention.

Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, who is coming to the United States to head the Israeli delegation to the United Nations 17th General Assembly, will address the banquet session on September 18. She will discuss Israel and the Middle East in terms of the world problems facing the General Assembly, which opens September 18.

Mrs. Siegfried Kramarsky, Hadassah president, said today at a press conference that she hoped there would be no need for a mass immigration of Jews from South America to Israel. Replying to a question on current anti-Semitic outbreaks in those countries, she said also that anti-Semitism there apparently was still at the stage where it could be “kept in check.” However, she added that she was “profoundly disturbed” by current outbreaks.

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