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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-07-09

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Hebrew U. Confers
PhD on. Haber,
Man of Action'

- JERUSALEM—The Hebrew Uni-
versity, at a convocation Monday
in the Samuel Rothberg Amphi-
theater on the Mt. Scopus campus,
conferred the degree of doctor of
philosophy honoris causa on six
personalities, among them Prof.
William Haber of Michigan.
Other recipients of the honorary
doctoral degree were Philip Han-
dler of the United States, Simon
Mirelman of Argentina, Sir Isaiah
Berlin of England and Israel Gold-
stein and Joseph Gluckman, both
of Israel.
The honorary degrees were con-
4 "-red following the conferment of
degree of doctor of philosophy
. 92 graduates of the university
and before the award of the Solo-
mon Bublick Prize to Mayor Teddy
Kollek for the municipality of
Jerusalem, and the award of the
Rothberg Prize to Prof. Alexander
Dushkin and to Anatole Dekatov
(Tal Dekel).
The citation to Dr. Haber labeled
him "an outstanding example of a
distinguished academician who is
also a man of practical action.
Throughout a lifetime of service
as a man of learning, he has di-
rected his work to the service of
society.
"His specialized knowledge and
human cone e r n made him a
sought-after member of numerous
.federal and state commissions in
the United States of America deal-
ing with manpower, development,
relief, social security, labor rela-
tions and many other fields of
social concern.
The citation continues:
"To his busy career in public
life and as dean of the college
of literature, science and the
arts at the University of Michi-
gan, William Haber has added
an energetic and dedicated con-
cern for the welfare of his fel-
low Jews.
"Immediately after World War
II he played a vital, indeed an his-
toric role as adviser on Jewish af-
fairs to Gen. Lucius D. Clay and
Gen. J e of f r e y Keyes. He has
served as the dynamic president
of ORT in the United States and as
the chairman of the Central Board
of the World ORT Union. His con-
cern for young people, and par-
ticularly those who are studying
at university, led him to espouse
the cause of the Bnai Brith's Na-
tional Hillel Commission in an
endeavor to provide a meaningful
Jewish framework for those young
people who will, one day, lead
American Jewish life.
"As a member of the board of
governors of the Hebrew Univer-
sity of Jerusalem and the chair-
man of its academic advisory
council in the United States of
America, William Haber has been
unstinting of his time and energy."
The conferment was signed by
Avraham 14 a r m a n, university
president, and by Jacob Katz,
rector.

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IDr. Haber Defines Hebrew U.'s Significance

JERUSALEM — Prof. William
Haber of the University of Michi-
gan, awarded an honorary doc-
torate by the Hebrew University
on Monday, was selected to respond
for those who were honored at the
convocation.
Dr. Haber spoke in behalf of
himself, one other American, three
Israelis, an Englishman, and a
Canadian. In his response he said:
"I find the geographical distribu-
tion significant in the sense that
each of us is drawn to the Hebrew
University, not only by the great
honor which the university has
conferred on us today, but by the
very special attraction which this
institution exercises on the imagi-
nation of scholars and scientists
throughout the world.
"Fundamentally, of course, the
Hebrew University has achieved

its international reputation on the
basis of the achievements of its
scholars. But there is an added
dimension in the fact that their
work is being done ,here—in the
city which has symbolized the
highest aspirations of the Jewish
people for thousands of years. Is
it too much to hope that in this
very city and at this very univer-
sity there will be established one
day soon a world center of ad-
vanced studies which will bring to-
gether scholars and scientists for
varying periods of shared knowl-
edge? Would this not be an appro-
priate expression of the Hebrew
University's magnetic quality, of
its function as the University of
the Jewish People, of its special
situation at the crossroads of three
continents? I believe that such an
Institute of Advanced Studies—in
part symbolized by the men you

Was Expansion of Soviet Intelligence
Topic of CIA Chie f's Visit to Israel?

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Richard
Helms, director of the U.S. Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency, left Is-
rael July 1 with his 12-member
entourage after a series of top
secret meetings with Israeli of-
ficials, including Premier Golda
Meir, Defense Minister Moshe
Dayan and Foreign 'Minister Abba
Eban. His immediate destinations
were believed to be Turkey and
Iran.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
learned that the CIA chief was
invited _to Israel by Dayan when
the latter met him on a visit to
Washington last year.
According to informed sources,
Helms and his aides held work-
ing sessions with Israeli officials.
One of the major subjects said
to have been discussed was the
expansion of Soviet intelligence
in the Mid East. The USSR is
believed to be operating what
was described as an advanced'
intelligence device in this area.
That fact, coupled with increased
activity by known Russian
agents, has indicated to some
circles that Moscow may be
planning an important move.
The Helms visit is believed to
be the first by a CIA head to
Israel. CIA directors rarely travel
abroad to avoid causing embarrass-
ment to other governments. Some
diplomats expressed the view that
such a visit was an indication of
U.S. interest and commitment in a
country that was not likely to go
unnoticed.
State Department spokesman
Charles Bray advised the press
to treat "with reserve" reports
about any United States initiative
to fit Israel into some kind of
Western defense framework.
The reports, which emanated
from unidentified sources in Israel,
were to the effect that Israel be
incorporated into a loose defense
framework with the United States,
Western Europe, Iran and Turkey.
Bray described the sources as
"unusually cloudy," but did not
deny the reports. Some sources
here linked the reports with Helms'
unusual visit.
The sources in Washington said
they had been informed that Is-
raeli officials purportedly were
concerned about the "possibility"
of a Soviet naval blockade and
that one of Helms' assignments
on his Israeli visit was to
evaluate Israeli intelligence data
on that "possibility."
Another report circulating here
was that one of the purposes of

Helms' visit was to reassure the
Israelis that, despite delays by the
Nixon administration in answer-
ing recent requests for additional
arms, the administration still sup-
ported Israel's security.
Those sources said the Helms'
visit was leaked as an effort to
strengthen the picture of United
States-Israeli cooperation.

Visa Extension Possible
for Reputed Racketeer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sources
at the interior ministry indicated
that Israel will extend the visa
of Meir Lansky, reputed Ameri-
can rackets czar, which expires
this month. A final decision is ex-
pected to be announced at a later
date.
Lansky has been living in Israel
on a tourist visa for over a year.
He recently told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency that whether or
not his visa is extended he will
not return to the U.S. because,
he contends, he wouldn't get a
"fair trial" there.
The presence of Lansky has
been something of an embarrass-
ment to Israel. Officials at Lydda
airport recently refused admit-
tance to a number of Americans
suspected of underworld connec-
tions who came to Israel purport-
edly to visit Lansky.

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have honored today — will be a
natural development from the proc-
ess which was set in motion in
April 192.5, when the Hebrew Uni-
versity was opened."
Mrs. Haber accompanied her
husband on his trip to Israel to
receive the honorary degree.
President Avraham Harman of
the Hebrew University presided at
the convocation and awarded the
honorary degrees.

Friday, July 9, 1971-9
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