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Austrian Group Donating Funds to Israeli Group for a Program of Education of Jewish, Arab Children

An Austrian welfare organization, The Solidarity Fund for Children of the Third World, announced that it will donate 1.5 million Schillings for a multifaceted program of education for Jewish and Arab children.

The money will be given to the Mapam-oriented Givat Haviva center in Israel, a center for Arab, African and Asian studies which is headed by Yitzhak Patish, a former Israeli Ambassador to Vienna, and Muhamad Watad, an Arab journalist and politician. The center offers seminar for Jews and Arabs to help both reach a better understanding between the two peoples.

The Solidarity Fund will donate the money for a program that will include a Jewish-Arab youth seminar for 500 participants from each side, a recreational program for underprivileged Jewish and Arab children, seminars for young Arab teachers and working women, and the establishment of a Jewish-Arab cultural club for young people.

The donation was initiated by the Rote Falken, the youth section of the Austrian Socialist Party, whose members visited Givat Haviva in 1979.