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Pioneer Women Convention Asks U.s to Seek End of Arab War Against Israel

October 10, 1961
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Pioneer Women, the American women’s labor Zionist organization, today urged the United States Government to encourage the Arab states to end their state of war against Israel and to enter into direct negotiations to settle outstanding differences.

In a series of resolutions adopted at the organization’s 17th biennial convention, the delegates also called on the U.S. Government to continue economic aid both to Israel and the Arab states and to re-emphasize that this country will do all in its power inside and outside the United Nations to resist aggression.

The delegates to the four-day convention which opened here yesterday also urged the U.S. Government to 1. Encourage the resettlement of the Arab refugees among their own people in Arab countries; Z. Challenge the boycott and blockade by foreign governments against Americans on the grounds of race or religion; 3. Encourage good relations with Israel by the world community of nations.

In a cabled message to the convention, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion told the more than 600 delegates: “I wish you success in your deliberations and hope that both Jewish education in America and American personal participation in Israel will advance as a result of your meetings. The themes of your convention are central in Jewish life today.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Golda Meir, in a message to the delegates, lauded the “outstanding accomplishments” of Moetzet Hapoalot, the Israeli working women’s organization sponsored by Pioneer Women. “We are all proud of your share in our work;” she said.

Mrs. Sidney Leff, national president of Pioneer Women, paid tribute to the fonder of the organization, Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi, wife of the President of Israel and the late Sophie Udin, American founder. Mrs. Leff said that Pioneer Women will intensify efforts to complete the organization-sponsored project of a new graduate library school building for the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The project will serve as a memorial for the late Sophie Udin.

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