Two-day Conference on Arab-israel Crisis Opens in Washington Today
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Two-day Conference on Arab-israel Crisis Opens in Washington Today

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Hundreds of Jewish leaders from major organizations and communities began arriving here today to participate in the two-day extraordinary conference on the present crisis in the Middle East and the policy of the United States Government in that area. They will be greeted by George V. Allen. Assistant Secretary of State, at the opening session tomorrow.

The conference, which will be held at the Shoreham Hotel, will be addressed by a number of Senators. Major addresses will be given by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Jewish Agency, and Israel Ambassador Abba Eban. A statement by George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO reflecting the sentiment of organized labor in the United States will be read at the opening session by Adolph Held, chairman of the Jewish Labor Committee.

The conference was called by presidents of 17 Jewish organizations to consider the rapidly deteriorating Arab-Israel situation and its implication for world peace, American Interests and the security of Israel. Each of the organizations participating in the conference has assigned 20 delegates to it. Also among those arriving today are delegates-at-large selected for the prominent positions they hold in their respective communities and their record of activity in public affairs.

The 17 organizations sponsoring the conference are: American Jewish Congress; American Trade Union Council for Labor Israel; American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs; American Zionist Council; B’nai B’rith; Central Committee Labor Zionist Organization of American; Hadassah; Jewish Agency; Jewish Labor Committee; Jewish War Veterans of the United States; Mizrachi Organization of America; National Community Relations Advisory Council; National Council of Jewish Women; Union of American Hebrew Congregations; Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; United Synagogue of America and Zionist Organization of America.

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