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September 13, 1968 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-09-13

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$100 Million Sales Goal for Rest of '68
Set by Israel Bond Emergency Parley

NEW YORK (JTA)—A campaign
to sell $100,000,000 in State of Is-
rael Bonds during the last four
months of 1968 was unanimously
adopted here at the closing session
of a three-day 'economic emer-
gency conference of the Israel
Bond Organizaton.
The goal was set in a response to
a cabled message from Prime
Minister Levi Eshkol of Israel who
declared that the need for Israel
Bonds is "greater than ever, since
the drastic cuts in the current de-
velopment budget necessitated by
heavy but vital defense expendi-
tures can only be covered by in-
creased sales of Israel Bonds."
The $100,000,000 goal for the last
third of the year was proposed to
the assemblage of 450 Jewish lead-
ers from the United States and
Canada by Samuel Rothberg, of
Peoria, Ill., national campaign
chairman of the Israel Bond Or-
ganization.
He disclosed that during the first
eight months of the year, the sale
of Israel Bonds in the United
States, Canada and other parts of
the free world amounted to $65,-
548,700. "Every Israel Bond sold
will indicate," he said, "that we
are prepared to back our brothers
in Israel and stand at their side."
Eshkol's mention of "drastic
cuts" in Israel's development bud-
get referred to the diversion of
$57,000,000 for defense needs last
May from a development budget
of $289,000,000. "Internal stability,
social improvements and economic
development are as important for
our survival as diplomatic and
military readiness, and we look to
Israel Bonds to give us the capital
needed to continue these ad-
vances," Eshkol said in his mes-
sage.
Dr. Joseph Burg, Israel's min-
ister of social welfare, told the
final session that despite the
tremendous burden of defense,
Israel was determined to main-
tain the standard of living which
has been attained, both for new
immigrants and for those who
have been there for many years.
He stressed the importance of
Israel Bonds for reconstruction
and rehabilitation and said they
created new possibilities for ur-
gently needed industrial develop-
ment.
Louis H. Boyar, chairman of the
board of governors, announced that
more than 600 Reform, Conserva-
tive and Orthodox synagogues
would participate in a special effort
for bond sales during the forth-
coming High Holy Days.
An earlier session heard from
Zeev Sharef, Israel's new finance
minister and minister for com-
merce and industry, who called on
the delegates to remember the past
weeks' events in Czechoslovakia
and declared. "It is we who have
prevented the Middle East from
becoming another Eastern Eu-
rope." Our friends will do well, he
said, "to give us the tools to main-
tain our strength."
Sharef emphasized that the flow
of Soviet, arms and technological
support to the Arab states placed a
defense burden on the people of
Israel proportionately greater than
current U.S. expenditures for de-
fense. He said Israel was forced to
spend a higher proportion of its
resources on defense than almost
any other country in the world and
warned that this could continue for
years, as long as the Arabs refuse
to make peace.
He said Israel's economic
growth would have to be ex-
tremely rapid during the next
few years and would demand
additional resoures as well as
additional, better trained man-
power, goals which depend heav-
ily on funds provided through
Israel Bonds.
Abraham Feinberg, president of
the Israel Bond Organization, said
that the failure of the Arab states
to respond to Israel's call for peace
negotiations has reduced the people
of Israel "to a twilight existence
in, which they are denied- the fruits

of peace as well as of victory."
The $100,000,000 goal adopted by
the Israel Bond Organiaztion who
stressed that increased bond sales
were needed to fill the gap created
by Israel's defense needs. "The

pace of economic growth can be
maintained through an increased
response to Israel Bonds, which
have been the backbone of the
country's economic expansion dur-
ing the past 17 years," he said.

West Bank Security Tightened Up
as Counter-Measure to Arab Terrorism

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—Israel this week
tightened its security measures
against terrorist activities on the
West Bank where residents were
warned that aid to terrorist gangs
and saboteurs will not be toler-
ated.
One reaction to the Israeli coun-
ter measures was a call for a
general strike by the mayor and
town council of Nablus in protest
against the , demolition of houses
belonging to terrorists.
The warning against support of
terrorism was delivered in person
by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan
to Arab officials in the Hebron
area Wednesday. The ringleaders
of the sabotage gang that planted
explosives in downtown Jerusalem
and in the Tel Aviv bus terminal
came from the Hebron region, as
did a spy ring which was appre-
hended this week along with illegal
radio transmitters and weapons.
Gen. Dayan told the Arab leaders
that the Israeli Army would see
to the well being of the civilian
population but warned that if the
villagers involve themselves in
acts of terrorism they will have
to take the consequences.
The increase in terrorist ac-
tivities led to the re-establish.
ment Wednesday of checkposts
along the highways connecting

the West Bank with Jerusalem
and other parts of Israel. The
measure was said to be a tem-
porary one. But meanwhile all
buses and other vehicles are
checked to make sure that
Arabs crossing the so-called
"green line" from the West Bank
into Israel proper have valid
permits.
Another Ieason for the check-
posts is the growing influx of Arab
workers into Israel from the West
Bank to meet the manpower short-
age, particularly in the construc-
tion industry. The controller of
manpower in the labor ministry
estimated Wednesday that several
thousand West Bank Arabs are
working in Israel and that many
entered by private arrangement
with employers bypassing the of-
ficial labor exchanges. He said that
up to now, authorities have
"looked the other way." However,
the number of Arab workers has
increased to a point where t h e
labor ministry decided to open
labor exchange branch offices in
the occupied territories where em-
ployers can find workers that labor
exchanges inside Israel are unable
to prcivide. He said that the de-
mand for skilled and semi-skilled
labor in Israel has exceeded the
supply by an average of 5,000
over the past few weeks.

Let there be no

22 Friday, September 13, 1968

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Abe Fortas Asked to Return
Before Senate Judiciary Body

Apparently yielding to demands
by Senators Robert Griffin and
John McClellan, the Senate Judi-
ciary Committee has called upon
Supreme Court A b e Fortas to
make another appearance and to
state his views on the films that
were cleared of an obscenity
charge by the high court by a 5-4
vote. Senator Everett M. Dirksen
reportedly defended Fortas and the
action taken by the Supreme
Court.
Sen. James 0. Eastland of Mis-
sissippi, chairman of the judiciary
committee, after a day's debates
by his committee, telegraphed
Fortas, who is vacationing with his
wife in Westport, Conn., request-
ing him to return for questioning.
When Mrs. Fortas was reached
in Westport, she said her husband
"was not available."
Senate Democratic leader Mike
Mansfield, of Montana, insisted
Monday in a television interview
that there was "absolutely no
anti-Semitism" involved in the con-
tinuing attacks on the nomination
of Fortas.
Sen. Mansfield, who leads forces
seeking approval of the Fortas
nomination, was asked about the
factor of anti-Semitism.
A newsman pointed out that
President Johnson last weekend
raised this question when he de-
picted a similarity in the opposi-
tion to Fortas to the campaign
against confirmation of the late
Louis D. Brandeis, first Jew ever

to serve on the Supreme Court.
On Wednesday it became
known that the committee de-
cided to vote on the nomination
next Tuesday.
In the interim, it is expected
that among those yet to be in-
terrogated will be Secretary 'Cof
Defense Clark Vlifford. • •
There is general agreement that
a majority of the committee will
vote for confirmation and that
there is a handsome majority for
it in the entire Senate member-
ship, the only obstruction being
the Griffin-threatened filibuster.

Gather ye rose-buds while ye
may.
Old Time is still aflying.
And this same flower that smiles
today.
Tomorrow will be dying.
—Herrick

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