Response to JTA Article: JNF Detroit Women to Replant Forest

In response to a news item appearing in Tuesday’s JTA Bulletin, describing an 80,000-tree forest near Kiryat Shemona that had been set afire by terrorist rockets fired from Lebanon, it was announced today by Abram Salomon, executive vice-president of the Jewish National Fund of America, that the forest, which had been planted by the JNF 10 years ago, will be replaced by a new forest of 100,000 trees between Misgav Am and Kiryat Shemona above where the trees were destroyed.

In a telephone call today to Salomon, the JNF Women of Detroit, an organization which celebrates this year 50 years of its existence, and which is currently headed by Mrs. Shirley Kraft, president, and Mrs. Belle Levin, its fund-raising chairman, pledged to undertake a new $250,000 project to cover the cost of planting the 100,000 trees. An intensified campaign to restore the ravaged area will commence after Jan. 1.

Justice Minister Yaacov Shimshon Shapiro handed in his resignation to Premier Golda Meir last night. By law it takes effect 48 hours after it is received. The top candidate to succeed Shapiro is the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Haim Zadok who is one of the country’s leading lawyers. Zadok served as Commerce Minister in a previous government.

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