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Negro Newspaper Group Hails Israel on 21st Anniversary, Cites Aid to African States

A leading group of American Negro newspapers, in a 21st anniversary salute to the State of Israel, declared editorially that “Black people of the world owe a great debt of gratitude to the State of Israel for the unflagging assistance given to the newly independent African nations.”

The editorial appeared in the Chicago Daily Defender here and in other newspapers in Pittsburgh and Memphis published by John H. Sengstacke. It described Israeli aid to young African students receiving training in Israeli institutions and Israel’s “mutually profitable” trade agreements with a number of new African countries. “The Israelis,” the editorial declared, “have done and are doing much to help Africa attain its destiny.”

The editorial concluded with the declaration that “it is because of its deep and broad sense of human identity and its moral right to exist as a sovereign state that we wish eternal life and well-being to the great State of Israel on its 21st anniversary.”