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Jerusalem Municipality Bestows ‘freedom of City’ on Professor Buber

The City Council of Jerusalem today voted one of its highest honors, “Freedom of the City,” to Dr. Martin Buber, the philosopher and Professor Emeritus of general philosophy and sociology at the Hebrew University.

In the final decision on a resolution effecting this honor, which has been pending for some time in the municipal body, the Herut and Poale Aguda members voted against the measure, while the Council members representing the National Religious Party abstained. The opposition was motivated in part by the fact that, in some of his views, Prof. Buber had advocated rapprochement with the Arabs.