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November 06, 1970 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-11-06

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U.S. Main Source
of Aliya to Israel
'70 Records Show

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Official rec-
ords released here indicated that
the United States has become the
prime source of immigration to
IsraeL .
In the first nine months of 1970,
6,129 Americans settled in Israel,
accounting for more than 20 per
cent of the immigrants who arrived
this year. France was second, with
Immigration from the United
States has been on the increase
since the Six-Day War. From the
War of Independence_ until 1967,
only a little more than 1 per cent
of the immigrants, an annual in-
flux of 600 to 1,200, came from the
United States, and approximately
half left Israel later.
The figure _rose to 2,094 in 1967
and to 4,617 in 1968.
In 1969, figures Indicated a rise
to 6,020.
Most of these statistics were pro-
vided by the Jewish Agency.
Retired persons comprised a
large percentage of Americans
emigrating here prior to the Six-
Day War, while the number of
highly educated and skilled people
in their prime was at a minimum.
Now the average age is 34, and
38 per cent are professionals or
highly skilled workers; the aver-
age in Israeli society is 13 per
The Six-Day War created a new
awareness and consciousness of
Jewish tradition and culture among
Americans who had never been
formally affiliated with the Zionist
movement or Jewish groups in this
country, officials said.
Their identification with Israel
was stimulated largely by their
great concern when the Arabs
threatened to annihilate the state
in 1967 and by their elation over
the Jewish victory, according to
the report. This love and pride of
Israel has been coupled with some
disillusionment with the U.S.
"If immigration increases," a
new arrival said, "you'll have to
thank the Black Panthers and the
other Jew-haters who are making
life in America hell."
The continuing Arab-Israeli war
has not discouraged Americans
from settling. "In America our
borders are safe but our cities
aren't," another said. "Here it's
just the other way around. You
don't know how great it is to walk
through the streets of Tel Aviv late
at night without fear."
• The report noted that many of
the professionals who have come
to Israel are academicians weary
of campus unrest.
Prior to the Six-Day War,
according to the report, many
American Immigrants returned
to their country after failing to
obtain suitable jobs and adjust to
the standard of living, lower than
that of the U.S. Conditions are
far better now. There bas been a
boom and full employment since
the Six-Day War.
According to Jewish Agency esti-
mates, 5 to 6 per cent of the post-
1967 immigrants have gone back to
the United States.

Total Arms Imports
to Reach Billion in '71

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's
total arms imports totaling
$800,000,000 this year, will rise to
$1,000,000,000 next year. Finance
Minister Pinhas Sapir said Monday.
For comparison, Sapir noted that
in 1966 and 1961 the arms import
figures were $160,000,000 and
$11,000,000 respectively.
He explained that the expendi-
ture of $1,000,000,000 next year
would depend on the approval of
all Israeli arms requests from the
United States.
Well-informed sources said in
this connection that there was
every chance that those requests
would be met, judging by the rate
and volume of the current arms
deliveries from the US. In this re-
spect Israel has no complaints.

`Air Travel in Israel
Alternative to Cars'

HAIFA — The development of
short and medium distance air
travel in Israel as an alternative
to automobile travel was suggest-
ed recently by a professor at
Technion, Israel Institute of Tech-
The proposal was voiced at a
ceremony marking the establish-
ment of the Bruner Institute of
Transportation at Tecbnion. Estab-
lishment of the institute was made
possible through a gift by the
Bruner Foundation of New York
City to the American Technion
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof.
Mordechai Peleg, who is on the
staff of the new institute, said that
Israel's geography and topography
may make the use of vertical
take off-landing or short take off-
landing planes more advantageous
than road traffic on inter-urban


Friday, November 6, 1970-19

Pierrot Map 'Offer' Nets 2,500 Inquiries

WI* a Spectoadar Goartertee

When George Pierrot mentioned inquiries, all of which have been
on his Channel 4 show that a serviced."
"George Pierrot Presents" is 26001
Heritage Trail map might prove
helpful to those considering a trip telecast on Channel 4.
to New England and told bow to
get one, he didn't realize what
he had started.
George F. Grandi, executive
vice president of the New Eng-
land Innkeepers Association —
distributor of the map—in thanking
Lincoln Shopping Center
Pierrot for his "efforts in pro-
(Fereasely se 7 Mao -Sdrasfer)
moting New England," wrote:
Featuring: the Finest in
"We received approximately 2,500

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