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December 28, 1962 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-12-28

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U.S. Carries Major Burden of UNRWA Costs

(Continued from Page 1)
jection to it.
17th session of the General
He expressed Israel's view
The American resolution, as Assembly concluded its delib-
that international aid for the finally approved in the political erations. UNRWA funds are
Arab refugees "will be required committee, following many in- given on a voluntary basis,
for some time to come" and tricate parliamentary moves — and not as UN assessments.
that Israel would continue to some of them initiated by Israel
Part of the American contri-
support UNRWA without reser- —included an amendment, in- bution
to UNRWA will be in
vations, and referred to the 21- troduced by Cyprus, which the form
of foodstuffs. A total
nation resolution urging direct noted "with deep regret that of $1,700,000
of the American
peace talks, which was with- the repatriation or compensa- funds are to be earmarked for
drawn previously in the special tion of the refugees" as . pro- vocational and teacher training,
political committee. He said vided in a 1948 resolution, "has according to a stipulation made
Israel was "gratified and em not been effected, that no sub- by the U.S.A.
couraged" by renewal of the stantial progress has been made
The United- Slates , delegation
idea7--first offered in 1961 and in the program of reintegration
defeated under United States of the refugees, either by re- announced that, once again, the
pressure. He noted that the patriation or resettlement and Washington Administration will
number of sponsors had grown that the situation of the refu- contribute total funds aggre-
from 16 in 1961 to 21 this year. gees continues to be a matter of gating not more than 70 per
cent of the grand total given to
In an oblique reference to the serious concern."
United States stand that such
On a separate ballot, the UNRWA by all other govern-
resolutions were meaningless in Cypriot amendment was adopted mental contributors. The U.S.A.
view of the current impasse, he by 68 to two and 34 abstensions has been paying 70 per cent of
said that the revival of that —with Israel and the United the UNRWA costs given by gov-
approach to the Arab-Israel con- States casting the negative vote. ernments since the Arab refu-
flict and for easing the Arab
The United States pledged gee aid agency was established
refugee problem "may not yield $24,700,000 of
of $32,- in 1950. Since that date, the
U.S. UNRWA contributions have
immediate practical results but 400,000 contributed by 25
it could never be regarded as member governments, for totaled more than $425,000,000.
The United States gave notice
untimely in the wider sense."• next year's operations of the
Another resolution — op- United Nations Relief and that it felt that the operations
posed by Israel—calling for a Works Agency for Palestine of the agency should be re-
UN custodian for Arab refu- Refugees in the Near East, viewed from year to year, and
gee property left behind in figures c o m p i l e d her e asked that the "host" govern-
Israel was withdrawn in the
showed. All members of the ments of the countries where
committee by its four Moslem
United Nations had been the refugees live—Egypt, Jor-
sponsors when the United
called into a special pledging dan, Syria and Lebanon — to
States expressed strong ob-
conference just before the give more aid to UNRW and to
help "rectify" the relief rolls.
UNRWA had admitted that
there are at least 100,000 dead
on the rolls.
(Continued from Page 1)
One Ieft the Assembly with
The Assembly's administra-
John IL Davis, had admitted in only one positive feeling — a tive and budgetary committee
his report to the UN (that re- renewal of one's respect for the voted an average monthly al-
port had consisted actually of
location of $1,580,000 up to
seven separate documents, full Israel delegation. For 18 next June 30, to the United
and thorough — and full also sessions, Israel's Foreign Minis- Nations Emergency Force.
of pro-Arabism) that there are ter Golda Meir, and Israel's UNEF is the peace-keeping
at least 100,000 dead "refu- permanent representative here, body on duty in the Gaza
gees",on his relief rolls. Was he Michael S. Comay—backed by a Strip, on Israel's border, and
instructed by the Assembly to well-staffed and brilliant team at Sharm el-Sheikh, overlook-
of Israeli colleagues — fought ing the Gulf of Akaba.
clean house? He - was not!
the battle. It was not easy. Most
Israel was again elected to
Uncle Sam ,paying out mil- of the time, it was Mr. Comay
lions of dollars to help feed who was "taking it on the membership on the Peace Ob-
servation Committee, on which
and house the refugees, just chin,"
she has held membership for
ignored Dr. Davis' admission .

Israel—The Positive UN Factor

elected for the first time to
membership on ECOS'OC's
Housing Committee.

years. Israel's delegation chair
man, Michael S. Comay, repre-
sents his government on that
vital "watchdog" committee.
Mrs. Zena Harman, of Israel,
wife of Avraham Harman, Am-
bassador to Washington, was
reelected by acclamation by the
United Nations Children's Fund
to the post of program commit-
tee chairman. In the Economic
and Social Council, Israel was


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vestment in the philanthropy
will cost us a good half-billion
dollars. And what have we to
show for it? Nothing—nothing
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There were a couple of nov-
elties in this year's debate.
One was the absolutely disgust-
ing, open voicing of anti-Semit-
ism by our Semitic "brethren,"
the Arabs. Except for Israel,
only one member, Denmark,
protested against the Arab trick
of equating Israel with Nazism.
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speak up on that point. The
Soviet Union, in fact, endorsed
those sentiments simply by
praising the "eloquence" of the
loudest of the Arabic peddlers
of poison, Ahmad Shukairy,
of Saudi Arabia. The fact that
Shukairy was recalled to Saudi
Arabia during the refugee de-
bate really had nothing to do
with his anti-Semitism; he was
an embarrassment to his gov-
ernment on account of various
infra - Arab intrigues.
The other novelty consisted
of the fact that, for the first
time in 15 years, the Arabs
dropped a resolution directed
against Israel. They withdrew
a Moslem draft, presented on
their behalf, calling for a UN
property custodian to watch
over refugee property inside
Israel. They dropped the hot
issue simply because it had be-
come too uncomfortable to hold.

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