JERUSALEM (Sep. 19)
Leon Dulzin, Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization treasurer, told the WZO Executive yesterday that an emergency relief plan designed to alleviate the plight of 45,000 Israeli families presently living in slum conditions will be launched soon following its approval by top United Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal leaders.
The plan calls for raising $600 million over the next three years, two-thirds by UJA and one-third by UIA. The government of Israel will match the sum with funds of its own and the eventual result will hopefully be the transfer of all these families to incomparably better living conditions, Dulzin reported.
He said the plan had been conceived by Premier Menachem Begin who had first broached it to UJA leaders last month. Their initial reaction had been hesitant, Dulzin stated. Now, however, UJA has said it is favorably disposed to the plan, he said. Dulzin, who returned Rosh Hashanah eve from a visit to North and South America, stressed that the emergency funds would be raised over and above the regular UJA and UIA appeals. He added that UJA and UIA leaders would come to Israel next month to work out details of the plan together with Begin and his aides.