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Foreign Businessmen Hit Red Tape
in Israel, Want Improved Climate;
Plans for Economic Growth Outlined

. (Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — Jewish business
leaders from abroad, attending
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol's
world economic conference here,
voiced sharp criticism Monday
night of red tape and bureaucratic
obstructionism in Israel and urged
that steps be taken to improve the
climate for foreign investments in
the country.
One of the sharpest critics,
Victor M. Carter of Los Angeles,
complained that approval of an
investment in Israel required 28
consecutive procedures which he
said had a deterrent effect on
potential investors. But, Carter
noted, the conference's Ameri-
can regional committee, of which
he is chairman, has already con-
cluded 32 deals between Amer-•
can and Israeli firms.
Lord Sieff of Great Britain said
Israel needed a thorough revision
of its tax and dues system.
Abe Bronfman, of Canada said
that many investors had been dis-
appointed by the depletion of the
value of their investments. Israel
must create an economic climate
to make profits and, even more
important, the government must
streamline its process for handling
investments, he said.
Eshkol outlined a program of
major economic growth for Israel
during the next four years. He pre-
dicted that Israel's gross national
product would increase at the rate
of 8 per cent a year between now
and 1972 and that while imports
may still exceed exports by $400,-
000,000 in that year, Israel's ex-
ports will have grown by 80 per
cent.
The prime minister said that Is-
rael's economy would he able to
abLc:L
adriitional 200,000 work-
ers over the next four years. He
estimated that the nation's popula-
tion will exceed 3,000,000 by 1972,
not including occupied territories.
He said that 70 per cent of the
population rise would be through
natural increase and 30 per cent
will come through aliya (immigra-
tion). Eshkol called on the Jews
of the world to "invest their Jew-
ish spirit and Jewish intelligence"
to help achieve Israel's economic
goals.
A program offering new in-
centives to investors from aboard
was submitted to the conference
participants. Among the meas-
ures, which were approved Sun-
day by a committee of Israel's
economic ministers, was one
permitting investors to withdraw
the sum of their investment plus
profits in foreign currency at the
official rate of exchange.
Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir
disclosed that Israel was consider-
ing new patterns of transportation
in keeping with its geographical
position between Africa, Asia and
Europe.
Baron Edmund de Rothschild,
of France, said the conference
could set an example for the eco-
nomic growth of underdeveloped
nations and that Israel's Arab
neighbors could also benefit from
irmael's experience if they want
peace.
Two majoi:‘ _financial ventures
in which investors' from abroad
will participate with Israeli busi-
nessmen took shape at the con-
ference. They are a $45,000,000 re-
insurance company and a finance
and investment firm, to be capi-
talized at more than $50,000,000,
that will go a long way --vard
furthering the growth of
industry.
The reinsurance firm is to e
established in Israel by 300 in-
vestors; each to contribute at least
$150,000. It will back up Israeli
and other insurance companies,
according to Sir Isaac Wolfson of
Britain, who proposed it. The fi-
nance and investment company
would provide Israeli companies
with working capital to relieve

their dependency on loans which
now forces them to operate on
excessively high profit margins.
Charles Clore, British shoe man-
ufacturer, announced that one of
his companies will soon establish
a new shoe factory in Israel. Two
subsidiaries of the Clore group
will enter the knitwear and elec-
tronics industries respectively.
Joseph Hoyt, senior vice presi-
dent of the Miles Laboratories,
which already has plants in Haifa
and Rehovot, said the company
will invest an additional $100,000
for the production of isotopes in
Israel for export. He reported that
Miles' Israeli subsidiary has been
successful since its establishment
six months ago and will double
its output this year.
Israel's minister of tourism,
Moshe Kol, assured the confer-
ence that Israel has no intention
of resorting to "Zionist rhetoric"
to persuade businessmen to in-
vest in unprofitable enterprises.
He said that Israel's state-owned
industries are seeking commercial
results no less than those under
private ownership.
Earlier, Finance Minister
Sapir gave the conference dele-
gates a list of Israeli firms that
will put up shares for sale. It
included an electric corporation
and fertilizer and chemical
plants in Haifa and the Negev.
Louis J. Fox, president of the
Council of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds, said: "The one
and a quarter billion dollars we
provided before the war—and the
many millions since — has done
more than just help the unem-
ployed, the sick and the aged.
While our dollar gifts were turned
into pounds for humanitarian
uses in Israel, the equivalent hard
currency was used to make the
critical purchases Israel had to
make abroad."
A series of new projects to aid
Israel's economy, stimulate tour-
ism and promote the sale of Is-
raeli products abroad emerged
from a three-day conference of
young business leaders from vari-
ous countries that ended in Re-
hovot Sunday night. The 100 par-
ticipants moved to Jerusalem
morning to join the world con-
ference of Jewish businessmen and
economic leaders.
The preliminary conference, held
at the Weizmann Institute of
Science, was billed as the first in-
ternational young leadership con-
ference. The gathering agreed to
establish special bodies to promote
housing; a profit-making company
to devise projects to attract more
tourists; building and loan associa-
tions; an insurance corporation to
invest in rental housing and a
body to promote a closer relation-
ship between scientific research in
Israel and private industry. It was
also decided to create a "volun-
teers for Israel products" group
in as many countries as possible.
Canadian businessmen at the con-
ference announced the establish-
ment of a summer camp in Israel
for 1,000 teen-agers from abroad.

Downtown Synagogue
to Join Church for Service

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Boycott 6cposes N. Y Ath et C ub's P r e dices

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By JESS SILVER

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

Back in 1962, 20 pickets from
the Congress of Racial Equality
marched outside Madison Square
Garden during the New York
Athletic Club track meet. They
carried signs that charged the
NYAC with bias against Negroes
and Jews and asked shot putter
Gary Gubner not to compete in the
meet. Gubner competed and set
a world indoor record.
"It's been going on a long time,"
Gubner said in 1962. "NYAC has
always been this way. People have
always known about it. It's a pri-
vate organization and they have
a right to choose who they want
in the club. I wouldn't want to
join anyway."
Six years later the NYAC policy
is just about what it was in 1962.
This year many outstanding
athletes refused to compete in the
club's 100th annual indoor meet.
The boycott turned up two Jewish
members of the NYAC, John and
Edwin Mosler. John, former chair-
man of the Mosier Safe Co. and
president of the New York Urban
League, resigned from the club
when officers refused to answer
charges of discrimination. His
brother Edwin, treasurer to the
AAU, was attending the Olympic
Games in Grenoble, France, at the
time.
Mosler said he joined the club
three years ago, and knew of
no other Jewish members. He
believed his admission at the
time was symbolic of a "liberali-
zation" of the club's custom of
restrictions against non-whites
and non - Christians. He had
hoped, he said, that his presence
might "show them we don't have
horns" and effect an even more
liberal policy as he worked as a
"catalyst from within."
Mosler became discouraged when
club officials would not discuss the
matter t•-yen privately with him.
He decided there was "no dia-
logue" and no reason to continue
membership.
The Anti-Defamation League,
of the Bnai Brith, along with the
NAACP and the Urban League,
issued a statement that called the
boycott of the track meet, "a long
overdue protest against the New
York Athletic Club's discrimina-
tory membership practices."
"What may be the largest pri-
vate club in the largest city in
the world still uses race as a
membership criterion. Not only in
the New York Athletic Club in
flagrant disregard of the axiom
that creed and color bear no rela-
tionship to athletic competition, but
it is completely out of step with
the prevailing spirit of our time,"
the statement said.
Catholic schools such as Villi-
nova, Georgetown and Manhattan
withdrew from the meet, and a
group of 50 Notre Dame alumni
asked fellow alumni to resign from
the NYAC. Kenneth L. Woodward,
religion editor of Newsweek Maga-
zine, spokesman for the group,
said:
"The New York Athletic Club
has a reputation of being a Catholic
club—more particularly an Irish
Catholic hangout. This brings it
very close to Notre Dame. We ask
all Catholic clergy to resign from
the club if they are convinced that
the club follows racial discrimina-
tion in its membership policy."
A handful of Jewish athletes
have been allowed to join the
NYAC over the past decade.
These include world sculling
champ Don Spero, oarsman Dr.
Richard A. Schwartz, water polo

A joint Passover-Easter program
will be held by St. Aloysius Roman
Catholic Church and Downtown
Synagogue 8 p.m. Monday in the
Gabriel Richard building, 305
Michigan,
Viscount Samuel to Speak
Among the participants will be
Viscount Edwin Samuel's ad-
Rabbi Noah M. Gamze, of the
Downtown Synagogue; the Rt. Rev. dress on "Israel: Front-Page
Msgr. Francis J. Flynn, pastor of Politics and Behind-the-Scenes
St. Aloysius; the Rev. Richard J. Intrigue" will take place 8:30
Wednesday at Temple Is-
Ward And the Rev. John L. Heiner, p.m.
rael.
both .'-tsistant pastors, and Ruth
The British statesman will be
Galarowc of the Christian con- delivering
the annual Sophie and
cerns coin _ 'ittee of St. Aloysius.
cerns
Daniel M. Hass Memorial Lec-
Rabbi Gai. 'e will discuss the ture, which is open to the com-
of the Seder." munity at no charge.
"Mystic Symbt.,

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players George Lindenblatt and
Ervin Veg, wrestler Steve Fried-
man, and a few fencers.
The New York Athletic Club
didn't start out with a policy that
excluded Jews. As early as 1872
Daniel M. Stern became a member
of the club. A member until his

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" death in 1923, Stern brought glory
to the NYAC when he became the
first United States walking cham-
pion. At the national AAU meet
in 1876 Stern won the one- and
three-mile competition. That same
year he was elected first lieutenant
of the New York Athletic Club.

Rabbis List Rules for the Passover;
Institute to Take Up Queries Tuesday

In issuing its annual Passover
message to the Jewish community
of Detroit, the Vaad Harabonin,
Council of Orthodox Rabbis, urged
that every Jew observe the laws
of Passover. The statement
stressed that care should be exer-
cised in purchasing all food prod-
ucts.
"It is the sacred duty of every
Jew, before sitting down to his
seder table, to contribute to the
traditional Mo'os Hitim campaign
which is held every year before
Passover, and to see that every
Jew has what he needs for Yom
Toy," said the Vaad.
Following are the points men-
tioned in the appeal:
1. Matzo baked during the year
are not for Passover use. All Mat-
zo must be properly designated
"Kosher for Passover."
2. Every product must be certi-
fied by a known rabbi or rabbin-
ical organization; attached labels
with the words "Kosher l'Pesach"
do not make the product permiss-
ible for Passover.
3. All bakeries, groceries, and

delicatessens are asked to sell
their hametz through a rabbi no
later than 10:30 a.m. Friday,
April 12. A certificate issued by
the rabbi who arranged the sale
should be displayed in the bus-
iness place.
4. For the duration of Passover,
it is prohibited to buy or sell ha-
metz, even to a non-Jew.
5. The search for hametz takes
place Thursday evening.
6. Siyum B'horim (The Fast of ==-
the First Born) is he",M April 12.
7. No hametz may be eaten after
9:30 a.m. April 12.
8. Selling of hametz must take
place before 10:30, April 12.
9. Removal and burning of ha-
metz must be done before 10:30.
10. Bakeries will be closed from
April 12 until Passover. Bakeries
making any preparations on April
20, before 8 p.m., are in violation,
and these products cannot be eaten
even after Passover.
Many other questions will be
answered at the Passover Insti-
tute, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. at the
Vaad Harabonim Center.

Magazine Poll Finds Athletic Clubs
Have Only a Token Number of Jews

By JESSE SILVER

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

In a follow-up to the boycott of
the New York Athletic Club track
meet, Sports Illustrated magazine
conducted a survey of the ranking
athletic clubs in 2i) ina j . cir
the U.S., and found, "the case of
the New York Athletic Club and
its discriminatory membership pol-
icies is neither isolated nor un-
usual."
Most clubs were discovered to
have only a token number of Jews.
"Where the attitude towards Jews
is a little more liberal, there is
a feeling that they should not
`get out of proportion.'
"One midwestern club admits
Jews only if they join a Protestant
church. In Salt Lake City much
Jewish acceptance is based on
economics. Clubs have found their
Jewish members spend more
money on the premises than other
members."
Sports Illustrated concluded:
"The NYAC, boycotted and under
siege, may be getting the head-
lines, but its policies are hardly
unique."

Steve Cohen of Penn State,
the 1967 NCA all-around gymnas-
tic champion, was named the
best individual athlete by the
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity,
Runners-up were Michael Gold-
man, Miami, Ohio
Lidtke,
Louisville; --N-min a n Early,
American U.; -Mortan Glanz,
Western Reserve, and Bruce
Kaplan, NYU.

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Israel defeated Switzerland, 2-1,
in a soccer match played before
12,000 fans in Tel Aviv. Both
Israeli goals were scored by Mor-
dechai Spiegler. It was the first
victory for the Israelis over the
Swiss in three meetings. However,
five days later, fielding the same
team, Israel lost 3-0 to Sweden.

Gaza Oranges' Price,
Quality Low in Europe

BRUSSELS (JTA)—Oranges
from the Gaza Strip are being
marketed in Europe but their
quality is poor and the price they
bring is low, it was reported here.

Gen,. Dayan Saved from Cave-In
by Red Mogen David Equipment

General Moshe Dayan is shown resting at Tel Hashomer
Hospital near Tel Aviv after rescue by Magen David Adom (Israel's
Red Cross Service). It was reported that his life was saved after
the archaeological cave-in primarily because of American donated
equipment.

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