International Panel Assembles in Israel to Consider Restoration of Jerusalem

A distinguished panel representing 21 countries whose members share a “love of Jerusalem” assembled here yesterday to assist Israeli city planners in the restoration of Jerusalem, especially the old walled city and its environs. The panel was assembled at the invitation of Mayor Teddy Kollek who believes that such matters as landscaping and architectural improvements in a city holy to three faiths should not be left to Israelis alone to decide.

Members of the panel include Thomas P. Hoving, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; Lewis Mumford, the American author and specialist in urban affairs; Henry Moore, sculptor; Pablo Casals, cellist; Isamu Noguchi, architect; William S. Paley, chairman of the Columbia Broadcasting System and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Rep. Ogden Reid, of New York, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel; Lord Goodman, chairman of the Art Council in Britain; Vittorino Veronese, former director general of UNESCO; and Pastor Marc Boegner, past president of the World Council of Churches.

More than 40 of the 70 members of the panel have arrived here for its first meeting. Mayor Kollek said it would be concerned with the creation of a national park surrounding the walled city and various architectural plans. He said he hoped members would enlist the cooperation of the various religious groups in the Old City whose assistance would be needed in over-all restoration.

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