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May 08, 1959 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-05-08

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Israel May Get
$320,000 Grant
from UN Fund

• Continued from Page 1 •
He said the grant program for Israel had "assumed greatly
Direct JTA Teletype Wire
To The Jewish News
enlarged psychological importance both in certain quarters in
this country and also abroad. There was some feeling that be-
cause of the fact that this was omitted that we had lessened our recommendation that Israel be
interest in the problems affecting Israel. Because that is a new given a grant of $320,000 over
element in he situation, we will make an attempt to reinstate, a five-year period for the con-
modest as it always has been, a grant program."
struction of a pilot project in
Dillon said that in some places misunderstanding arose that watershed management was
since Israel was left out of the grant program there was some made here Tuesday to the gov-
diminishment of our interest in the State of Israel politically or erning council of the UN Spe-
otherwise," he told the committee. "We had not expected this cial Fund.
political and psychological fact when the program was formu-
Israel's proposed grant is one
lated, so we intend to make every effort to use the flexibility in of 75 aggregating $81,081,000
the program to see, when we administer it, if we can't reinstate thus far requested of the fund
some sort of grant program for Israel to counter that situation. which totals $100,000,000.
Sen. Wayne Morse, Oregon Democrat, who raised the Israel
Under the plans disclosed
issue because there was considerable criticism of the State Tuesday regarding Israel, the
Department, said the "charge has been made that it does show government of Israel would
an apparently psychological attitude of unfair discrimination spend $350,000 to match the spe-
against Israel and I wanted to 'give you this opportunity to nip cial funds contribution.
that one in the bud." Sen. Russell B. Long, Louisiana Democrat,
The monies would be used for
told Dillon: "I just don't know of any country of comparative five years to experiment with
size that this country has done a fraction as much for on a per agricultural a n d engineering
capita basis as we have done for Israel." Long estimated U.S. techniques for the retention of
assistance to Israel to -total one billion dollars.. Dillon said this water from rainfall in the semi-
estimate was "very true," but pointed out that "there were large arid region of Israel's Mediter-
private funds."
ranean Basin. Most of that wa-
Sen. Long said he was distressed "to find that some would ter now runs off wastefully into
contend that we are mistreating Israel, when we have actually, the sea. The ultimate objective
I suppose, on a per capita basis, managed to have done about is to establish means for using
eight, nine, or ten times as much as we have done for the others the water gainfully.
on the average. I certainly hope that we don't find ourselves with
The special funds governing
even the Israelis disliking us with all the efforts we have gone to council will also have before it
trying,to be their friends."
other Middle East fund requests,
Dillon wanted the committee to know: "I think the Israelis
including two for the United
have had very little complaint and have understood our posi-
Arab Republic totalling $565,-
tion in this thing. They have not been among the major com-
plainers on this subject."
Sen. Long held that "it certainly would be poor reward for Eight. World Jewish Groups
our billion dollars to find we were not even liked there by that
Join Refugee Committee
small nation."
GENEVA, (JTA) — Eight in-
Dillon told him he did not think that was the case. •
Sen. Morse sought to obtain a clear commitment from ternational Jewish organizations
Dillon to reinstate Israel.
have become affiliated with the
"We will make every effort, when the time comes, to actually International Committee for the
put this program into operation, to remedy this psychological and World Refugee Year, bringing
political feeling, that there was some intent, which is not the case to 50 the total number of vol-
to show lack of interest in the State of Israel, and we will make untary agencies and non-govern-
an attempt to institute a grant program under the Special Asist- mental organizations united to
ance category," Dillon said.
promote the aims of World
The initiative in obtaining the commitment on Israel came Refugee Year.
Charles Jordan, European di-
from Sen. Morse and it was the Oregon Senator who pursued the
matter at the hearing.
rector-general of the American
In tracing the Israel aid situation, Dillon conceded that in Jewish Joint Distribution Com-
the program previously put before the Senate committee "there mittee and co-chairman of the
executive body of the commit-
were no funds listed in special assistance for Israel."
Dillon explained that Israel was dropped because "last fall, tee, said this was the largest
last winter, when the budget was prepared, there was great pres- number of agencies ever mobil-
sure to hold it to as low a figure as possible, • and it was our ized behind a single effort in
feeling economically, which I think is the fact fully justified, behalf of refugees.
that the assistance that Israel requires could be given to her
from an economic point of view equally well through public
development loan funds."

De Rothschild Group to Build $20 Million
Negev Oil Pipeline as Link to Haifa Line

Finance Ministry announced ap-
proval this week of an agree-
ment with foreign investors,
headed by Baron Edmond de
Rothschild, to invest $20,000,000
to build the projected 16-inch
oil pipeline from Elath to
The present Elath-Beersheba
line, which was built during the
period of the Sinai campaign,
is eight inches. The Beersheba-
Haifa refinery section is 16
When the entire line is 16
inches, it will be able to trans-
port 5,000,000 to 6,000,000 tons
of oil annually, which is approx-

imately the total refining ca-
pacity of the Haifa refinery
The Haifa plant currently is
operating at about 30 percent of
capacity, supplying part of Is-
rael's domestic needs. When the
Elath Beersheba-Haifa pipelines
are finished, and the refineries
operating at full capacity, Is-
rael may be able to supply re-
fined oil above its own needs to
European countries.
The Arabs closed the Iraq-
Haifa pipeline, which had sup-
plied the Haifa refineries, when
they • invaded the new-born
State of Israel in 1948, and it
has not operated since.

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Israel Exceeds Maximum of Loans
from U. S. Export and Import Bank

Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Export Import Bank Wednesday
announced that "no additional applications for loans of Israel
pounds out of the proceeds of the commodity sales agreement
of Nov. 6, 1958" by the bank, under the Agricultural Trade De-
velopment and Assistance Act (Public Law 480) "will be accepted
by the bank in Washington or by the United States Embassy in
Tel Aviv after May 31, 1959."
The bank announcement said "applications now on file
for loans in Israeli pounds already exceed the maximum amount
of Israeli pounds which the bank expects to have available for
lending in its second program for Israel. Credits authorized by
the Export Import Bank in its first Israel program virtually ex-
hausted the Israel pounds then available to the bank."

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Report 'White Collar'
Bias in Employment

NEW YORK, (AJP) — In a
comprehensive article dealing
with the present status of the
Jews in Germany, to appear in
the May 26 issue of Look Maga-
zine, European Editor Edward
M. Korry reveals that "three
Jews sit in the national Parlia-
ment, several in state legisla-
tures, and others hold high judi-
cial, health and union posts."
Korry states, however, that
"discrimination against Jews in
white-collar jobs is general." He
concludes that "a real threat of
anti-Sem•tism can develop only
if, there is a serious economic
crisis, or if there is an extreme
nationalistic movement because
of external developments. Then
even the 30,000 Jews could
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3-T HE DET ROIT JE WISH NEWS — Frid ay, May 8, 1959

Gives 'Psychological' Reason
for Reinstatement of Aid

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