DETROIT (Oct. 1)
An important step encouraging recognition by the International Red Cross, and its inclusion as a cooperating oily, of the Israel Magen David Adom (MDA), was taken by the Southeastern Michigan chapter of the Red Cross at a recent meeting of its governing board.
The event marked the presentation of the MDA emblem and its acceptance for addition to the Red Cross, Red Lion and Sun, and Red Crescent emblems on the wall of the Red Cross building here. The MDA emblem was presented by Dr. John Mames, president of the Michigan chapter of the American MDA for Israel.
Mames pointed out that failure to include the Israel counterpart of the Red Cross in the international society of the humanitarian movement was due to political pressure, the American Red Cross remaining a leader in efforts to correct the injustice. Honor was paid to the local branch for its fairness in responding to the Israel appeals for cooperation and recognition was given Duane Johnson, executive director of the Southeastern Michigan Red Cross for his consistent efforts in support of the friendliest relations between the Red Cross and the MDA.