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Dulles Favors Spending of $3,500,000 on Cultural Projects in Israel

July 18, 1956
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Secretary of State John Foster Dulles today emphasized his personal interest in a report recommending expenditure of approximately $3,500,000 in U.S. funds now deposited in Israel on scientific and cultural projects in the Jewish state. At a public ceremony he expressed hope that this pilot project will be extended also to other countries.

The report was presented to him by Bernard Katzen, consultant on the use of local currencies acquired by the United States in Israel. Mr. Katzen was appointed earlier this year to make recommendations on the use of funds acquired by the sale of U.S. publications in Israel under the information media guarantee program. He testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee this morning to ask Congressional approval of his recommendations.

The recommendations provide for allocations to about 40 institutions in Israel. They include 200,000 Israeli pounds for the Hebrew University; 190,000 pounds for the Hadasah Medical Organization; 250,000 pounds for the Haifa municipality; 300,000 pounds for the Haifa Technion; 75,000 pounds for the Weizmann Institute of Science; 75,000 for the Zionist Organization of America; 85,000 pounds for the Kfar Silver Agricultural Training Institute; 200,000 for the University of Tel Aviv, and 125,000 for Bar-Ilan University.

The sum of 1,500,000 pounds is also provided in the report for the Israel-American Museum Foundation; 600,000 pounds is recommended for the Israel-American Archaeological Foundation; 400,000 pounds for translation and publications programs in which the Rabbi Kook Foundation, the World Academy of Higher Jewish Studies and the ORT are participating; 390,000 pounds for Chinuch Atzmai, an elementary education system; 250,000 pounds for Community Centers in Nazareth and Kiryat Shmoni; and many other smaller sums for other institutions, including 45,000 pounds for HIAS, 50,000 for the YMCA, and 50,000 for the Herzliah High School in Tel Aviv.

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