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J.N.F. European Conference Opens with Delegates from 14 Lands

A forest in honor of King Badouin of Belgium will be planted in Israel’s central Galilee, it was announced here today by Yaacov Tsur, world chairman of the Jewish National Fund. Mr. Tsur addressed the opening session of a European conference of the JNF, dealing with ways and means of raising an additional $11,000,000 for development purposes in the Galilee.

Calling on European Jewry not to shrink from the “important and urgent task of giving new life to the long-neglected area of Central Galilee,” Mr. Tsur told the 160 delegates from 14 countries that JNF’s development plans were “essential to Israel’s security.”

In messages read to the conference from Israel President Zalman Shazar and Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, both leaders wished the delegates success in their work and stressed that Israel was counting on the goodwill of European Jews. Among the speakers were Israel’s Ambassador to Belgium, Amiel Najar; Rosser Chinn, of England; Vidal Modiano, of France; and P. Ferstenberg, of Belgium.

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