LONDON (Jan. 24)
Marc Chagall has been presented with an honorary doctorate in humanities by Tel Aviv University and has been invited to lecture there, if was disclosed here by two officials of the university. Victor Carter, chairman of the Board of Governors, and Col. Yosef Carmel, deputy chairman, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that they visited the famous artist at his home in Nice to present him with a scroll recording the honorary degree recently awarded him.
They said Chagall told them he would try to make arrangements to accept their invitation to visit the Tel Aviv campus and to meet with students to exchange views and answer their questions. Carmel said that the French Friends of Tel Aviv University in Paris have undertaken fund-raising for a Franco-Israeli Center for Medical Research at Tel Aviv U. The French group is headed by Prof. Emile Roche of the Sorbonne and includes Prince Napoleon Bonaparte, a descendant of the 18th century French Emperor.
The 505 agricultural settlements built by the Jewish Agency’s settlement department since the State was established in 1948, account for 65 percent of Israel’s agricultural produce, the Jewish Agency disclosed today in Jerusalem. The statistic was included in material being prepared for the Jewish Agency’s General Assembly opening there next month. The Agency reported that since 1971, 740 families have been established at agricultural settlements, 51 of them new immigrant families.
A Bonn Foreign Office delegation is to arrive in Cairo Jan. 29 for negotiations with Egypt on a capital-aid loan and debt rescheduling. New aid projects will be discussed for the first time since Egypt broke diplomatic relations with West Germany in 1965. These were resumed last year.
About 1500 guests attended the Knesset’s 24th anniversary party last night, originally scheduled for last week but postponed because of the heavy snow fall in Jerusalem. Knesset Speaker Israel Yeshayahu eulogized the late President Lyndon B. Johnson at a Knesset session that preceded the party.