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Abie Nathan on Brooklyn Dock As Freighter Sails to Biafra with Food He Helped Get

Abie Nathan, Israel’s peace pilot, was on the docks in Brooklyn yesterday when the chartered Norwegian freighter Forra, sailed with some 900 tons of food and medical supplies for Biafra that he had helped to collect. Mr. Nathan, a Tel Aviv restaurateur who became an international figure by virtue of his two private “peace flights” to Egypt, has been in the forefront of efforts to aid the starving, disease-ridden civilian population of Biafra, the secessionist eastern province of Nigeria. He said a week-long food drive in New York yielded 550 tons which were loaded aboard the Forra despite the current longshoremen’s strike. The ship, chartered after a fund drive in The Netherlands headed by Mr. Nathan, carried an additional 347 tons of foodstuffs and medicine contributed by Israel, Britain and Holland.