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House Committee Acts to Provide $1, 000, 000 for Hadassah in Israel

The House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted today an amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill to provide $1, 000, 000 in Israeli pounds for Hadassah medical needs in Israel. The amendment was offered by Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat and member of the Committee, after the Administration denied the Hadassah request.

Mrs. Mortimer Jacobson, national Hadassah president, testified May 11 before the committee to ask backing for the amendment. She did this after the U.S. Agency for International Development rejected Hadassah’s application for inclusion under a provision benefiting American institutions assisting medical and educational programs abroad.

It was noted by members of the Committee that the Administration aided institutions in Arab nations under this provision, Section 214, but denied the Hadassah request. Chairman Thomas Morgan, Pennsylvania Democrat, stated that he had favorably noted the Hadassah activities abroad and would vote for the amendment. The vote today took place in executive session.