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American Members of Jewish Agency Executive Deplore Security Council Vote

American members of the Jewish Agency Executive, here for a series of Agency meetings, said this weekend they were shocked by the decision of the United Nations Security Council in condemning Israel for its reprisal action against the Beirut Airport.

A statement issued for the group by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the American Section of the Jewish Agency, declared that “having considered all the circumstances surrounding the murderous attack on the El Al plane in Athens and Israel’s retaliatory action in Beirut, the American members of the Jewish Agency Executive express their sense of shock at the one-sided resolution of the Security Council condemning Israel without even any mention of the Arab provocation.

“This action,” the statement went on, “is a travesty of justice reflecting sadly on the Security Council and its abdication of international morality. Most troubling is the concurrence of the American delegate representing the Department of State whose subsequent statement (dissociating the United States from attacks on Israel made in the course of the debate) does not undo the harm caused by his vote.”

The Executive decided at a plenary meeting to create a world bureau for Jewish education intended to be primarily a research center. Designed to spread Jewish awareness throughout the world, one of the bureau’s research projects will deal with the status of Jewish teachers abroad, which is low, with the result that too few qualified Jews are attracted to the profession. The decision was taken on recommendation of Chaim Finkelstein, head of the Agency education department. The bureau will be part of the Memorial Fund for Jewish Culture established several years ago with funds from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

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