Becker, Head of Histadrut, Arrives Today; to Launch $6 Million Drive in U.s.a.

Aharon Becker, general secretary of Histadrut, left here today for the United States after completing an extensive tour of Latin America which took him to Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. He met here with Labor Minister Acosta Ilara and with local trade union and Jewish community leaders. He is scheduled to arrive in Washington tomorrow.

Mr. Becker will spend three weeks in the United States, meeting top government and trade union officials as well as American Jewish and Zionist leaders. While in the U.S.A., he will help launch the Histadrut’s $6 million campaign to aid in financing the organization’s many medical, welfare, educational and job training programs in Israel. His first scheduled meetings next Tuesday and Wednesday are with Vice-President Humphrey, Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz, House Speaker John W. McCormack and AFL-CIO president George Meany. A reception in his honor will be held at the Israel Embassy in Washington Tuesday night.

Before leaving here, Mr. Becker called on Eduadro Maiztegui, regional secretary for Latin America of the Socialist International, and Israel Ambassador Haggay Dikan. He was accompanied by Helmuch Holz, president of the Uruguayan Federation of Jewish Communities. Mr. Becker said that he found support for Israel in all Uruguayan circles, and that he had discussed the possibility of training Uruguayan trade union members at Histadrut centers in Israel.

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