JERUSALEM (Aug. 25)
The official medal marking the 70th anniversary of the Jewish National Fund was pinned on Premier Golda Meir’s dress tonight by JNF chairman Jacob Tsur. The occasion was an audio-visual “Voice of the Land” ceremony last presented by the JNF 24 years ago on Mt. Scopus. Mrs. Meir was the main speaker, as she was in 1947 when she was acting head of the Jewish Agency’s Political Department. Her theme was that Israel must be strong and steadfast in facing the challenge of survival. In separate comments, Louis Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive and Tsur, responding to recent suggestions that the JNF sell its land to the State of Israel instead of leasing it to tenants, said the JNF must retain ownership of its land because the State also serves non-Jews.