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May 20, 1966 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-05-20

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300 Workers Settle Strike at Ashdod

300 workers at the Leyland truck
assembly plant in the new town
of Ashdod ended their strike last
week, and accepted dismissal of 90
of the firm's employes, while Labor
Minister Yigael Allon told the
Knesset (Parliament) that unem-
ployment has risen "considerably"
throughout Israel last month.
The Ashdod workers had staged
a riot during the May Day cele-
bration, then followed through
with a strike when Leyland an-
nounced that 90 workers would be
laid off. The company and the
workers' shop committee, at a con-
ference attended by members of
the Ashdod Labor Council, agreed
to the layoff. As the Leland work-
ers returned to their jobs, the
firm, the committee and the Labor
Council started to check the offi-
cial lists of Leyland workers to
determine the names of those who
were to be laid off.
Allon told the Knesset, which
resumed its regular session,
after a six-week Passover holiday,
that employment in Israel has been
undergoing a "temporary lull"
which, he said, had been foreseen
and made public two months ago,
when this year's fiscal budget had
been submitted to Parliament.
Speaking formally on behalf of
the Cabinet, Allon said that, while
the country has been enjoying a
long period of full employment
"and even over-employment," the
number of unemployment rose
in April to 4,400, compared with
2,300 in April of 1965. The labor
minister told the House:
"This is a transit period, in
which some inefficient plants may
have to close down. But the Gov-
ernment will not aid inefficiencies,
as help to such plants would jeop-
ardize the exportability of goods.
On the other hand, the Government
will direct defense industries and
other industries to establish them-
selves in development areas. The
Government will ask its branches
to prefer the development areas
through orders. It will also pro-
vide greater economic incentives
to the diamond industry in those
areas. Although unemployment
may continue in some localities,
there is no cause for panic."

who had believed their formula
had been accepted. When the Haifa
Labor Council met Monday after-
noon, however, a majority contend-
ed that the Histadrut's proposals
were "insufficiently detailed" and
that the stevedores would hold out
for commitments "in black and
white." The demand s, informed
sources said, amounted to requests
for increases of between 30 and 40
per cent of existing pay scales.


Charges of Fraud
Aired at Dimona

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Officials an-
nounced that charges of fraud by
subcontractors at the Defense
Ministry's nuclear reactor at Di-
mona would be heard in Beersheba
District Court soon. An exact date
was not given.
The charges involve a Tel Aviv
painting contractor who is suspect-
ed of stealing large quantities of
paint, failing to do work specified
in his contract, submitting false
accounts and bribing Ministry
officials. It was reported that
several hundred thousand pounds
were involved in the case. Four
men went on trial on charges of
fraud totaling 40,000 pounds
($14,000) in connection with
electrical subcontracting at the

ANKARA (ZINS) — The Leban-
ese newspaper El Anwar dis-
closes that the Arab states, despite
their boycott of foreign firms tra-
ding with Israel, have not, suc-
ceeded in checking the import of
Israeli products in their own coun-
The newspaper comments, how-
ever, that these imports reached
their destination by a devious
It appears, writes the newspaper,
that the Israeli wares are found in
Cyprus and from there transferred
to the Arab countries. Recently
Cyprus was compelled to sever
this trade link to avoid conflicts
with Egypt.

Israel Institute for Blind
Gets U.S. Govt. Grant

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A research
grant of 128,000 Israeli pounds
($42,666) has been given by the
U.S. Department of Health, Edu-
cation and Welfare to the Israel
Institute for Orientation and Mo-
bility of the Blind.
Dr. Rudolphina Menzel, direc-
tor of the institute, who made the
announcement, said the study, first
started in 1963, aims to determine
the best methods for provision of
mobility to the sightless so that
they could be rehabilitated. The
methods include the use of see-
ing-eye dogs as well as cane tap-
ping. Three hundred sightless
persons have been studied for com-
parisons of their adjustment prior
to improved mobility and after
they have been aided to get around
by themselves, she said.

Argentine Jewry Recalls
Historian Killed by Nazis

nerstone-laying ceremonies were
held here May 17 for the Simon
Dubnow House of the World Con-
gress for Jewish Cutlure in the
presence of leading Argentine
personalities and Jewish com-
munal leaders. Dr. Dubnow, noted
Jewish historian, was killed by the
Nazis in Riga, Latvia.
In a message read to the assem-
blage by Arie Bustan, cultural
attache at the Israel Embassy, Is-
rael President Zalman Shazar re-
called his early years as the assist-
ant in St. Petersburg, Russia, of
Dr. Dubnow.


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Confab of World Union
of General Zionists Set

NEW YORK (ZINS) — A meet-
ing of leading members of the
World Union of General Zionists
(headed by Dr. Emanuel Neumann)
has been scheduled to be held in
early August in Brussels, accord-
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6—Friday, May 20, 1966

Israeli Wares Sneak
Into Arab Countries

to contribute $1,000,000 for addi-
tional acquisitions of contemporary
art for the collection. Much of the
collection is now housed in Mr.
Hirshhorn's mansion in Greenwich,
Hirshhorn, who is 6'7, was reared
in Brooklyn, where he was taken
by his mother, who had emigrated
from Latvia with him and his 12
brothers and sisters.

son is expected to announce the gift
in the presence of Mr. and Mrs.
Hirshhorn in a few days.
Nearly every official gallery
and group which knows about the
Hirshhorn collection has tried to
obtain it. Hirshhorn said previously
he planned to give the collection
away while he was still alive be-
cause he felt it. "belongs to the
The Smithsonian Institution will
administer the collection and Pres-
ident Johnson will ask Congress for
funds to build the gallery which
will house it. Hirshhorn has agreed

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Haifa Stevedores
Resume Slowdown


Hirshhorn, the Latvian-born multi-
millionaire, has given his art col-
lection, valued at between $25,-
000,000 and $50,000,000, to the Un-
ited States, which will house it in
a new building and a sculpture gar-
den on the Washington Mall.
The collection of 5,300 paintings,
drawings and sculpture is one of
the largest privately owned collec-
tions in the world. President John-


* * *

HAIFA (JTA) — An apparent
agreement between the Haifa port
stevedores and Histadrut, Israel's
federation of labor, to restore peace
at the port, collapsed Monday night
when a committee of the steve-
dores unanimously rejected the
Histadrut proposals. The stevedores
are now in the third week of a
slow-down of loading operations.
The stevedores' committee call-
ed for "further talks with the His-
tadrut trade union department and
the Haifa Labor Council to clarify
disputed points" of their demands.
These involve higher pay and
changes in working conditions.
The decision to continue the
slow-down came after a seven-hour
meeting in Tel Aviv which ended
Monday morning with apparent ac-
ceptance of the Histadrut propo-
sals. However, the stevedores' com-
mittee dissociated itself from the
decision Tuesday. •
The rebuff was a sharp disap-
pointment to Histadrut negotiators

* *

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