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March 30, 1973 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-03-30

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g Maximum Vote 12—Friday,
March 30, T973
for- Dr: KatchaIski, Fight Anticipated Luxembourg
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The bloc headed by Finance Min- chine." Other circles, how-
Labor Party leadership has ister Pinhas Sapir and Mayor ever, discounted bias and
begun lobbying to amass the Yehoshua Rabin6witz, both said the opposition to Navon Ambassador

largest possible vote for its
presidential candidate, Prof.
Ephraim Katchalski, when
the Knesset convenes April
10 to select a successor to
President Zalman Shazar.
The Labor Party's central
committee nominated the 57-
year-old Weizmann Institute
biophysicist ;last Thursday
but his margin of 56-44 per
cent over his principal rival
Deputy Knesset Speaker Yit-
zhak Navon, was disappoint-
ing to the party leaders who
backed him.
D r . Katchalski returned
from the U.S. as a serious
rift developed over his candi-
dacy between the Labor
Party's Mapai faction which
had vigorously promoted his
nomination and the party's
Rafi wing which backed Na-
von. Katchalski t o 1 d re-
porters that he had learned
of the repercussions while on
his way home to Israel but
offered no further comment.
The intra-party rift was
further aggravated by the
disclosure of a letter written
to Navon by former Premier
David Ben-Gurion who said
that Navon should have been
elected and expressed regrets
that he wasn't.
The Jerusalem branch of
the Labor Party which fa-
vored Navon has moved to
create a new bloc within the
party to counter the Tel Aviv

Mapai leaders who promoted
Katchalski's nomination. • Je-
rusalem party leaders are
also reported to have con-
tacted the Haifa branch and
local town branchs with the
view of establishing a new
group within the party.
Two Rafi leaders, Defense
Minister Moshe Dayan and
Transport Minister Shimon
Peres, visited Navon sepa-
rately in Jerusalem. Students
at Israeli universities planned
a pro-Navon rally in Jeru-
salem Wednesday.
So far only Mapam and
Knesset member Uri Avneri
of the one-man Haolam
Hazeh fa c t i on have an-
nounced that they will sup-
port Katchalski.

Bitterness has already
been expressed by Navon and
his supporters over the me-
thods employed by the party
leadership to promote Katch-
alski's candidacy.

Navon, who is a leader of
the Sephardic community,
hinted on a radio :interview
that there may have been
anti-Sephardic bias on the
part of the Labor:Party lead.
ers who had worked to de-
feat him.
He said he would "weigh
very carefully whether and
how to come out publicly
about some of the ugly me-
thods used by the party ma-

stemmed from his associa-
tion with the Labor Party's
Rafi wing.

Navon's bitterness was di-
rected toward the party, not
toward its choice. He re-
marked, following the cen-
tral committee vote, "if. out
of a desire to defeat my can-
didacy we got Ephraim
Katchalski, it was worth it"
Meanwhile, Prof. Ephrain
Urbach, a Hebrew University
talmudic scholar, emerged
as a possible rival to
Prof. Urbach, the apparent
choice of the National Relig-
ious Party, was reportedly
undecided how to respond to
NRP urgings that he run.
NRP leaders who .met in
the Knesset Tuesday night to
discuss the possibility of nom-
inating a 'rival to the Labor
Party's candidate, hinted that
the Gahal opposition faction
was favorable toward
Urbach. But the NRP, a
coalition partner, was re-
ported to be under heavy
pressure from the Labor
Party not to nominate a
candidate of its own.

World-Acclaimed Ephraim Katchalski


Director for Public Relations
Weizmann Institute of Science

REHOVOT — Prof. Eph-
raim Katchalski, for 25, years
head of the department of

use of polyamino acids in
model studies of protein
structure, membranes and
mechanisims of enzyme ac-
tion, and the preparation and
characterization of soluble
A unique ability to commu-
nicate with persons of all
levels of expertise has evok-
ed wide public interest in his
lectures 'which have been de-
livered in all parts of the
world, including in the Unit-
ed States, at Harvard - Uni-
versity, Rockefeller Univer-
sity, University of California
at Los Angeles and Berkley.
He is a foreign member of
the National Academy of
Sciences and many presti-
gious scientific and academic
institutions. He has won
many international awards,
the most recent, in 1972, the
Krebs Medal, awarded by
the Federation of European
Chemical Societies.

biophysics at the Weizmann
Institute of Science, is an in-
ternationally recognized auth-
ority on proteins, the build-
ing materials from which
the body is made — their
structure, properties and be-
havior under a variety of
Of paramount importance
to an understanding of the
living process of the body and
opening the way to a rational
control of diseases of chil-
dren and adults, relevant as
well to helping resolve the
problem of protein hunger of
two-thirds of the world, re-
search in the Biophysics De-
partment under the direction
of Dr. Katchalski has placed
the Weizmann Institute in
the forefront in this field.
Dr. Katchalski, with his
There, research ,findings
colleagues, is responsible for
are targeted to:

The eventual treatment of
diseases suffered by adults
and children, due to protein
lack or malfunction, caus-
ing mental retardation; ane-
mia, cirrhosis of the liver,
cataracts; metabolism block-
age; albinism; collagen dis-
eases, such as rheumatoid
arthritis; hereditary diseases,
such as hemophilia, sickle
cell anemia, frequently re-
sulting in death, particularly
in children.
The creation of new anti-
biotics; the synthesis of new
drugs; more effective means
of producing pharmaceuticals
already in existance; the
making of plasma expanders
from compounds derived
from synthetic polypeptides.
The enlargement of protein
content in plants to make
them edible by man.
Dr. Katchalski has earned

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With only Senator J. W.
Fulbrightdissenting, the U.S.
Senate For e i g n Relations
Committee last week ap-
proved the nomination of Dr.
Ruth L. Farkas by President
Nixon as ambassador to Lux-
Fulbright's objection to
Mrs. Farkas was on the
ground of the more than
$300,000 she and her hus-
band, Louis Farkas, founder
of the Alexander Stores,
made to the fund for the re--
election of President Nixon.


the Weizmann institute of
Science in 1949.
From 1949 to 1951, he was
the acting head of the de-
partment of biophysics; in
1951, he became the depart-
ment's head, serving in that
capacity until March 1973.
For a number of years,
Dr. Katchalski served as Classifieds Get Quick Results
chief scientific advisor to
Israel's Ministry of Defense.
His older brother was Prof.
Aharon Katzir -KatchalskY,
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Forest Is Tribute
to Zalman Shazar
President Zalman Shazar un-
veiled the plaque at the en-
'trance to an 80,000-tree
forest in Jerusalem's north-
ern suburbs dedicated to him
by Jewish National Fund
members in 15 countries.
In the presence of Premier
Golda Meir and several hun-
dred new immigrants, Shazar
said the forest was the "best
possible gift" he could re-
ceive as his term of presi-
dency drew to its close.


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the development of synthetic
polypeptides. Acid-like pro-
teins, containing one to three
amino acids, they enable
more profound study of their
action on the life processes,
including body bacteria, body
viruses and blood clotting.
These polypeptides are now
in use in biochemical labora-
tories throughout the world.
Dr. Katchalski was born

in Kiev, Russia, on May 16,
1916, and brought to Pales-
tine by his parents at age
6, in 1922.
He received his master of
science and PhD degrees ,
from the Hebrew University
in 1937 and 1941.
After five years as an as-
sistant and research asso-
ciate at the Hebrew Univer-
sity, and one year as a
research 'fellow at the Brook-
lyn Polytechnic Institute and
an international reputation at Columbia University, Dr.
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The powerful party leaders
who had opposed him, includ-
ing Finance Minister Pinhas
Sapir and Minister--Without-
Portfolio Israel Galili, be-
long to the Mapai faction
which is also the faction of
Premier Golda Meir.



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