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Convention of American Jewish Press Association Opens in Jerusalem

The 25th annual convention of the American Jewish Press Association opened on schedule here with 30 publishers and editors attending, despite State Department warnings to American nationals to stay out of the Middle East. The conclave will last a week. Premier Levi Eshkol, occupied with the current Middle East crisis, was unable to attend. He sent a warm message of greetings.

Expressing regrets over his absence because of the emergency, the Premier declared “I call on you as messengers and spokesmen for the Jewish community of the United States to inform our brethren there of the priorities of the hour. Tell them of Israel’s strength, determination and deep sense of purpose and about Israel’s gratitude for the manner in which our fellow Jews have rallied so spontaneously to this case of human justice.”

The delegates were greeted by A.L. Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, who was scheduled to leave today for the United States for talks with American Jewish leaders. The chairman of the session was Adolph Rosenberg, editor and publisher of the Southern Israelite of Atlanta and president of the association. Greetings also were presented by the Israel Union of Journalists and the World Bureau of Jewish Journalists.

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