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Five Members of Israeli Youth Delegation to U.S. Arrive on “friendship Mission”

September 3, 1948
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Five members of an Israeli youth delegation arrived here by plane today from Amsterdam on a “Friendship” mission to the American people. Four more youths are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. The five are; Shul Friedberg, Alexander Albala, Aliza Pnueli, Itzhak Ben Menahem and Mira Goldstein.

They were greeted at the International Airport at Idlewild by former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., general chairman of the $250,000,000 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal. They will tour the United States under the auspices of the U.J.A. to acquaint the American people with the current Israeli scene.

Mr. Morgenthau, in a statement at the airport, declared: “These young people from Israel follow in the historic footsteps of the distinguished representatives who were sent abroad by the Government of the United States in its infancy to solicit aid and friendship from the nations of the world. It is particularly fitting that the Israeli youth mission, representatives of the newest democracy in the world, should visit the towns and cities of America, where the democratic tradition was born and nurtured.

“The youth mission was invited to come here so that it might give the American people the story of Israel that does not get into the headlines–the story of mass immigration, building and reconstruction. These young defenders and builders of the Jewish state are equipped to bring to communities throughout the country a first hand graphic account of what is transpiring in Israel today, in the homes, in the fields and in the factories.”

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