JERUSALEM (Jun. 24)
An international conference of rabbis and religious lay leaders has urged Jews all over the world to visit Israel in greater numbers than ever before and not to be intimidated by recent acts of terrorism. The appeal was contained in a resolution adopted at the close of the conference which was devoted to tourism. It was attended by the Chief Rabbis of Britain, France and South Africa and Israel’s two Chief Rabbis.
Yesterday the gathering was addressed by Minister of Tourism Moshe Kol and representatives of the Jewish Agency. The latter noted that tourists are now eligible for preferential mortgages for houses they build in Israel. This afternoon the delegates are to attend the cornerstone laying of Jerusalem’s “Great Synagogue” adjacent to the Hechal Shlomo, the Chief Rabbis’ center. The ceremonies will be held despite the fact that municipal authorities have rejected plans for the huge edifice which they said violate local zoning laws.