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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-05-15

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Mrs. Harman Heads a UN Agency
but Would Be Barred by 16 Members

By SAUL CARSON

JTA Correspondent at United Nations
(Copyright, 1964, JTA, Inc.)

C-

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.—What
would you think of a business that
operates 127 projects in 71 coun-
tries around the world, has a budg-
et of something over $36,000,000 a
year—and yet is so organized that
the president of the corporation
cannot personally inspect the
firm's operations in at least 16 of
those countries? Wouldn't you
think there was something wrong
with such a picture?
Substitute terms like "business"
and "corporation" with other word-
ing, more befitting a United Na-
tions agency, and you perceive the
situation confronting the UN to-
day. For the situation outlined
above—budget, number of proj-
ects, number of countries, etc.—
fits the UNICEF, the United Na-
tions Children's Fund. And the
situation points up the anomaly of
the Arab hostility toward Israel.
UNICEF elected to the chair-
manship of its executive board a
lady who has been closely iden-
tified with that agency's work
for 12 years. She is Mrs. Zena
Harman of ISrael. So effective
has been her major activity on
UNICEF that not a single Arab
representative dared vote against
her when her name came up for
the topmost post. Nor did the
non-Arab Moslem friends of the
Arabs on the board cast a nega-
tive vote; nor, indeed, did the
Soviet Union.
London-born Zena Harman was
educated at the London School of
Economics; obtained a degree
there in economics, with honors in
international law and international
relations; then studied sociology
at Morley College, London. In
1940, she settled in Jerusalem,
becoming head of that city's chil-
dren's department in the munici-
pality's social welfare section. By
that time, she had married. Her
husband is Avraham Harman—the
diplomat who is now Israel's Am-
bassador to the United States.
From 1951 to 1955, Mrs. Harman
was a member of Israel's perma-
nent mission to the UN, and rep-
resented her country at several
sessions of the General Assembly.
Being primarily a social worker,
her assignment naturally was to
the Assembly's Social, Humani-
tarian and Cultural Committee.
Meanwhile, she had become very
active in UNICEF. She was elected
first vice-chairman of UNICEF's
program committee in 1957 and
1958, and served as that commit-
tee's chairman in 1955, 1956, 1959,
1962 and 1963.
Now she is the "president of
the corporation" — chairman of
executive board. Among the proj-
ects recommended earlier by the
program committee which she
headed, Mrs. Harman is respon-
sible, among others, for 68 long-
range projects in 16 countries in
the Middle East region; 16 basic
health services in that region;
plus 26 projects for control of
diseases like malaria, provision
Of nutrition, etc. UNICEF ex-
penditures (matched by the gov-
ernments, usually on a basis of
$2.50 for each UNICEF dollar)
total around $4,000,000. But most
of the countries in that region
are hostile to Israel. And the
chairman of the UNICEF execu-
tive board would be barred—
even if she tried to go as a high
UN official—which she is—and
which she would never do under
present circumstances.
There isn't a quieter, more
pleasant, more effective and more

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, May 15, 1964

36

self - effacing diplomat or expert
around the UN than Zena Harman.
Certainly, in these 12 years since
she became active in UNICEF, the
Arabs have learned that Zena
Harman's job in UNICEF concerns
children and mothers — black or
brown or yellow or white, Arab
or any other stock. She is known
internationally outside UNICEF
circles as well. She is a member
of the executive committee of the
International Conference of Social
Work; and is one of the top lead-
ers—former vice-president—of the
International Council of Women.
As wife of an ambassador in
Washington, • Mrs. Harman has
that full-time job to carry out in
the interests of her husband, his
diplomatic mission and her own
country. As mother of three chil-
dren, she has a family responsibility
which she never bypasses. And
yet she has, by her energy and
humanity and efficiency, created
for herself a place of great inter-
national responsibility and honor.
A good deal of that prestige rubs
off on Israel, of course. Not only
because the lady in question is
"Mrs. Ambassador," but chiefly
because she personifies the very
best among Israel's people —
whether native-born, or born (like
her husband) in South Africa, or
coming from Yemen or Eastern
Europe, or originating in England.
Mrs. Harman and her record also
do honor to the status of women
in - Israel—a land where no U.N.
Commission need remind anyone
that sexual chauvinism is as out-
dated in today's world as are rac-
ism and ethnic or religious bias.
No wonder the Arabs on UNICEF
did not vote against Zena Harman's
chairmanship. They didn't dare ex-
pose themselves thus before the
world.

Zaft-Yarows Troth
Announced in Area

Detroit Board of Education to Buy <
Beth Yehudah's Dexter Ave. School

Beth Yehudah School, Dexter
and Cortland, will be purchased
by the Detroit Board of Education
to relieve overcrowded public
schools.
Approval by the school board
was announced Tuesday night.
Cost of the land and build-
ings is $170,000, which is $80,-
000 below their current market
value, the school housing divi-
sion stated.

The school, the Daniel Laven
Building, is to be used until the
new Birney Elementary School at
Petoskey and Richton is com-
pleted.

MISS MADELON ZAFT

Behiri's Israeli
Themes Mark
New Calendar

Beth Yehudah plans to move
into a new building on 101/2 Mile
near Greenfield in Southfield. The
Dexter school will be vacated in
June.

Jewish Congress Seeks
Amendment to Stop Bias
by U.S. Aid Recipients

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Amer-
ican Jewish Congress urged sup-
port for an amendment to the
civil rights bill before the U.S.
Senate which would prohibit dis-
crimination on the basis of reli-
gion by beneficiaries of federal aid.
Title VI of the civil rights bill,
as passed by the House last Febru-
ary, the American Jewish Congress
declared in a statement adopted
by its national executive commit-
tee, deliberately omitted the word
"religion," when it provided that
no person shall be subjected to dis-
crimination under programs re-
ceiving federal assistance "on the
basis of race, color or national
origin."
Title VI, as originally intro-
duced in the House under the
sponsorship of the Kennedy ad-
ministration, AJCongress noted,
contained the word "religion," but (21!
it was dropped from the bill by
the judiciary committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zaft of Oak
Park Blvd., Oak Park, announce
the engagement of their daughter,
Madelon Frances, to Terry Yarows,
son of Mrs. Fannie Yarows of San
Featuring paintings by the Is-
Juan Dr.
Mr. Yarows is a graduate of raeli artist, Nathaniel Behiri, the
Wayne State University, where he 5725 (1964-65) Art Calendar of the
was affiliated with Mu Beta Chi National Federation of Temple
Sisterhoods again serves a valuable
Fraternity.
purpose — pro-
An October wedding is planned.
viding the listing
of the most im-
Rabbis, Clergymen
portant dates on
the Jewish calen-
Protest Discrimination
dar and serving
as a project for
in Nashville March
Reform congre-
Personal Service. Experience.
NASHVILLE, (JTA) — Rabbis,
Finest in Musical Entertainment
gations' Sister-
Catholic priests and Protestant min-
hoods from
isters joined here in a march
whom the annual
through the central streets of the
and his
product already
city to show this Southern commu-
is available at a
nity that religious leaders are op-
nominal cost.
posed to racial discrimination. The
538-5395
Behiri's Jeru-
clergymen paraded quietly over a
salem and Safad
three-mile route, led by Rabbi Ran-
landscapes in
dall Falk of The Temple and the
several color re-
PLANNING A TRIP TO ISRAEL
Rev. Sam Dodson, pastor of Cal-
productions, his
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vary Methodist Church.
"Flowers" a n d
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS WITH
After the march, the clergymen
Behiri
"Yemin Moshe"
YESHIVATH BETH YEHUDAH
held a prayer meeting on the steps Jerusalem paintings are among
of the court house. Later, they the artist's notable works selected
WE 1-0203
Euromart Countries
were addressed by Mayor Beverly for this calendar.
Briley. According to Rev. Dodson,
Formally Announce
130 religious leaders of all faiths
in this community "stood up to be
EXPECTING OUT OF TOWN GUESTS
Accord With Israel
counted" against racial discrimina-
FOR
A WEDDING OR A BAR MITZVAH?
BRUSSELS, (JTA) — The gen- tion.
eral secretariat of the European
Economic Community issued a for- String Contest Winners
mal communique here following the
meeting of the Council of Minis- to Perform at Concert
Is Conveniently Located at
ters, formally announcing approval of Music Study Club
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of trade agreement between the
Music Study Club of Detroit
(8 Mile & Greenfield—Across from Northland)
Euromart countries and Israel which
will present its annual Choral Con-
Call 342-3000 For the Finest Accommodations!
was concluded last month.
Dine at the SCOTCH & SIRLOIN RESTAURANT
The trade agreement, which will cert 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Jewish
Airport Limousine Service Available
come into effect July 1 for a period Center auditorium.
Highlighting the choral program,
of three years, provides for the
suspension of common customs directed by Don Frohman and ac-
duties on a number of products. companied by Rose Stein, will be
The pact, which will be formally "Anthem for Spring from Mas-
signed later this month, contains cagni's Cavelleria Rusticana."
Guest artists will be winners of
a provision for extension for a
the
Music Study Club's annual
fourth year and will be renewable
For A Study Home, Handling 4 to 6 Youngsters
by agreement of the contracting string competition: Amalia Joanou,
17, and Kay Buchbinder, 19. They
under care of a soda! agency. Desire flexible, adaptable adults
parties.
(In Damascus, the Syrian Minis- will be accompanied by Sandra
with understanding and skill hi caring for children. Will consider
try convened the representatives of Acker, pianist.
a competent unattached woman. Good Salary, living quarters,
Choral chairman is Mrs. Fred
West Germany, Italy, France, Bel-
and maintenance. Husband can continue outside employment.
Rappoport.
gium, and Holland and warned
Wife to take charge of family residence and work closely with
them against the pact with Israel.)
agency social workers.

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Italian Fascists Beat

Argentina Jewish Leader
Jewish Youths at Rites
ROME (JTA)—Two Jewish stu-
Finds Swastikas on Walls

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The
building of the law firm in which
Dr. Isaac Goldenberg, president of
the DATA, is a partner, was found
smeared Tuesday with swastikas
and anti-Semitic slogans. Some of
the claubings were aimed specific-
ally at Dr. Goldenberg. The DAIA
is the representative central agency
for Argentine Jewry.
Nacion Arabe, the newspaper
published here by Hussein Trikki,
Arab League propagandist, came
out with a full-page violently anti-
Jewish caricature depicting a claw
bearing the Star of David attempt-
ing to grab at the map of Argen-
tina.

dents and their teacher were sav-
agely attacked by neo-Fascists
while laying a wreath in commem-
oration of World War II resistance
fighters. The assailants shouted
anti-Semitic slogans while beating
the Jewish youths. The nephew of
writer Carlo Levi was among
those attacked. Only one of the
assailants was arrested.
Recently the neo-Fascists have
used memorial meetings dedicated
to the resistance movements as oc-
casions for creating disorder in a
number of Italian towns and uni-
versities. The Federation of Jew-
ish Youth has sent a protest over
this latest incident to the authori-
ties.

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