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December 02, 1966 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-12-02

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Euromart Council Ready to Consider Request by Israel

8—Friday, December 2, 1966

BRUSSELS (JTA)—The Council duphenyl for another six months decision. Without the use of some
of the European Economic Com- until June 1967 when the council such preservative, Israeli citrus
munity reiterated here its inten- will, it was hoped, make a final would spoil before arrival.
tion to consider on Dec. 6 pro-
cedures for handling Israel's re-
Boris Smolar's
quest for a comprehensive agree-
ment with the six-nation Euro-
m art bloc.
Israel has a limited agreement
now which will expire at the end
of next June. It has formally
asked for either a much more
(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
comprehensive agreement or for
UJA PARLEY: What is the difference between the national con-
associate status.
of the United Jewish Appeal this year and the UJA annual
The council noted that there
had been "progress" in talks conferences in previous years? . . . The answer is simple . . . The
with Austria, Spain, Israel and three-day conference this year—which opens in New York Dec. S-
the Maghreb (North Africa ) will take place under the shadow of developments in Israel which
countries. It was agreed that will require more aid from American Jewry than in any of the past
the issues would be discussed 15 years . . . And I do not mean the military developments which
when the foreign ministers of keep Israel on the alert now more than ever before . .. The military
the six nations of which the developments are a matter which the Israelis can and will take care
council is composed meet with of themselves without outside assistance . . . It is the economic
the council on Dec. 6-7.
developments in the country that constitute the greatest worry now
In regard to Israel, the council —the growing unemployment in a land where there is no unemploy-
indicated that the basic decision ment insurance and where many immigrant families have as many as
was whether the EEC Commission ten children each . . . Feeding 10 children when the head of the
should be asked to initate explora- family is unemployed—and has no outlook to find employment—is
tory talks to sound out Israeli no simple matter . . . And the number of unemployed in Israel has
wishes or whether the six countries already reached the official figure of 65,000 . . . These are mostly
unskilled workers, but there are among them also skilled workers,
should first consider the issue.
and even 1,500 engineers and other men with trained professions . . .
In a related problem. the EEC Max Fisher, the general chairman of the UJA, has already indicated
Commission said it could not make in his address before the general assembly of the Council of Jewish
an anticipated decision authorizing Federations and Welfare Funds that some of the unemployed fami-
use of a chemical called duphenyl lies in Israel are facing hunger . . . It was not easy for him to report
which is used by Israel and other this series fact and to inject the word "hunger" . . . But facts are
countries shipping citrus fruits to facts, and American Jewry ought to know them as they are . . . Be-
Euromart countries by sea to pro- cause it is American Jews who also have the duty to see that the
tect the fruit in transit.
immigrants they helped to bring to Israel should not suffer from
The commission asked the coun- the economic crisis which Israel is now undergoing.
cil of ministers to extend the pres-
ent temporary authorization to use
GLOOMY FACTS: At the national conference of the United
Jewish Appeal, gloomy facts will be reported about the effects of
the present economic crisis in Israel . . . And it will only be natural
if the conference will conclude with an appeal to Jews in the United
States to increase their contributions to the UJA so that the UJA
should be able to bring more assistance to the needy in Israel . . .
The year 1967—and perhaps even 1968—will be no ordinary year
for Jews in Israel whom American Jewry has assisted to settle
there . . . The two years should, therefore, be also no years of
ordinary giving to UJA by Jews in this country . . . Jews in America
must be aware fully of the present emergency situation in Israel
and should understand that it is upon them that the obligation falls
to give a helping hand in this emergency . . . If 65,000 Jewish immi-
grants in America would have been in the same position as are the
unemployed immigrants in Israel, something drastic would have
been done by American Jewry to alleviate their plight . . . The fact
that these immigrants are in Israel, and not in the United States,
does not release American Jews from their obligation to come to the
aid of these needy men, women and children . . . Fisher, in his
address at the General Assembly of the CJFWF, has already called
for an additional $10,000,000 to be given to UJA by contributors in
the 1967 campaign . . . It must not be forgotten that Israelis will
First tour Dec. 22, 1966
from now on pay increased taxes and they will have to carry even
Continuing thru Mar. 1967
a heavier burden of military expenses than hitherto . . The aid to
the tens of thousands of people in Israel who will remain unem-
ployed for a year, or even two, must thus come primarily from Jews
in the United States . . . The $10,000,000 extra for UJA which
Fisher asks for 1967 is only about 15 per cent increase of the sum
which the UJA will probably raise this year . . . A 15 per cent in-
per person double occupancy plus jet fare
crease, in my opinion, will hardly be enough to meet the needs of
the victims of growing unemployment in Israel, in addition to other
needs of absorption of immigrants . . . What is necessary is a 50
per cent increase, if not the doubling of the contributions of 1966.
. . . The indications are that 1967 will be a year of economic diffi-
culties in Israel similar to the years when American Jews contri-
buted to the UJA way above $100,000,000 each year.

11 Senators Visit Israel, Confer With Levi Eshkol

'Between You
.. and Me'

of 11 American Senators were here
for three days during which they
visited various parts of the country
and conferred with Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol and other Israeli
The Senators, who arrived


aboard a United States Air Force
plane, were scheduled to visit a
number of other Middle Eastern
counties after leaving Israel. An-
other group comprising four mem-
bers of the U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives, also arrived.





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PRIORITY SITUATION: Jews in this country have shown great
generosity to various causes after they went down in their contribu-
tions to the UJA when the situation in Israel became stabilized . . .
Today, they must go back to the generosity they have shown in the
years when in their giving they considered Israel as first on their
list . . . For the next two years they must give priority to the UJA
over their giving to other philanthropic causes . . . The American
Government is spending billions of dollars in feeding needy popula-
tions abroad; American Jews should follow the example of their
government in this critical economic situation in Israel where un-
employment, with all its consequences, will definitely become worse.
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National Conference in New York, but they should do it, even if
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may be their response . . . And there can be no question that Israel
needs now -more American Jewish philanthropic aid than even in
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