NEW YORK (May. 8)
More than 1,200 representatives of government, labor, industry and professions attended a dinner here last night given in honor of Abe Feinglass, noted labor leader, by the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut at the New York Hilton Hotel. Mr. Feinglass, who resides in Chicago, was cited for 35 years of service to organized labor. The sum of $100,000 raised at the dinner was contributed toward establishment of a Histadrut community center in Arav, a new development town overlooking the Dead Sea in Israel.
Senator Wayne Morse, Oregon Democrat, who addressed the guests, hailed Mr. Feinglass as a labor statesman with proven leadership on domestic and international policy, “and as a person who has given such strong support to Israel and to Histadrut.” Lauding the Histadrut achievements in Israel, Sen. Morse said: “The United States cannot justify sending military aid anywhere in the world that builds up tyranny. There is no sense in American military support to the Arab countries. Too often, U.S. military aid has built up military tyrants playing into the hands of Communists in country after country. Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and we must stand by her, not surrendering to Arab blackmail.”
Dr. Sol Stein, executive director of the National Committee for Labor Israel, said: “Israel is undergoing a process of growth and change and we must expect rough going from time to time. Aid to Israel must be sustained at the highest possible level; it would be a mistake if America drastically cut its support, whether from governmental or voluntary sources.” Aharon Becker, Secretary General of Histadrut, cabled felicitations to Mr. Feinglass and thanked American labor for their continued support to labor in Israel. Mr. Feinglass, who is vice-president of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workers of North America, was presented with an illuminated scroll.