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Vol. LXIV, No. 23
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February 15, 1974
mer ency Fund Reaches $21,126,584
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Allied Campaigners Set to Reach
12,000 Additional Contributors
Before Drive's End on March 18
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From Bir Gafgafa toward Ismailia, across the Suez Canal, into Egypt—
the correspondent's route as described in story below.
A total of $21,126,584 reported at the Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel
Emergency Fund workers' rally at Cong. Shaarey Zedek, last Sunday morning, es-
tablished the highest record in philanthropic activities in this community.
Announcing this total after the gathering was addressed by Paul Zucker-
man, national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, major beneficiary of the
AJC-IEF, and William Avrunin, executive vice-president of the Jewish Welfare
Federation, William M. Davidson, campaign chairman, stated that the record
sum represented 11,796 gifts, approximately half the number of contributors to
the 1973 campaign.
Lewis S. Grossman, Davidson's co-chairman, appealed to the 130 work-
ers who a ';ended the rally to proceed actively to contact the other 12,000
previous contributors who are yet to be enrolled in the emergency effort to
meet the welfare and educational needs in Israel.
"With just six weeks to go until our closing dinner at Temple Beth El,
March 18, we must greatly accelerate our efforts to reach every potential con-
tributor in our community," Davidson said.
Grossman introduced two people "present to give a sense of urgency" in
the present emergency campaign in presenting Zuckerman and Avrunin. It was
the first meeting Avrunin attended since returning to work after surgery.
Zuckerman, who serves with Max M. Fisher on the Jewish Agency inter-
national executive committee, returned with Fisher a week ago from meetings
in Israel where the new increased budget for efforts in Israel was adopted.
Stating that disengagement was a tiny step in the move for peace, Zu-
ckerman stressed that the fact that the nations involved were willing to make
this initial step, however small,
is a sign about which the world
could feel optimistic.
Position Reversed by Vatican
The mood of the Israeli peo-
The Vatican is reported dropping its position
ple, Zuckerman noted, is "not
calling for internationalization of Jerusalem.
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(See story on Page 3)
From Israel to Diaspora ... With Love, Caution and Concern
Miracles . . Surprises . . . Tensions ... Wit . . . Galgenhumon
A Reporter's Notebook on the People of the Embattled Land
A Resume of a Visit in War-Affected Areas and Israeli Attitudes by Philip Slomovitz
BIR GAFGAFA, Sinai—Copy is not written ordinarily with this
dateline. Nevertheless, it is a natural source for reports from southern
Israel and from the area still in Israeli military possession during
the final processes of disengagement.
There are some 600 Israeli military hospital centers at which
the injured have been and continue to be treated. Gafgafa is the
est. Thousands received hospital care here, speedily, efficiently.
y returned to the front after treatment by health specialists.
any were sent to inland convalescent centers.
Correspondents reach Gafgafa from Jerusalem in small eight-
seat planes. The 80 miles from Jerusalem are covered by air, then
comes the bus ride through the war-infested Sinai area, across the
pontoon bridge that was set up by General Arik Sharon to take the
Israeli forces into Egypt.
The three-hour stay in Egypt, the views
gathered from the soldiers, the evidence of
costly battles that gave Israel a strategic
bargaining role—the evidence is in this
area across the Suez, in the destroyed vil-
lages, in the mass of burnt tanks, the SAMs
that were captured from the Egyptians on
At Bir Gafgafa, as on the road to this
health center, the road is strewn with
ruined military vehicles. Those who had
seen the devastation during the Six-Day
War emerge in amazement over the immen-
sely larger losses that were sustained by
Israel's enemies. There were Israeli losses,
but they did not begin to match those of
the Arabs. Dozens of Israeli tanks were
lost, hundreds of the Arab forces'.
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JERUSALEM — Without a
strong alignment between Israel
and the Diaspora, the entire kin-
ship is valueless. That is why
all the missions to Israel—and
their numbers are mounting—
must have a direct relationship
to the services that are rendered
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KIBUTZ EL ROM, Golan Heights—Caution restricts civilians,
including newspaper correspondents, from going all the way to the
cease-fire line in the Golan Heights. Nevertheless, the present visit
gained permission for the observers from 21 newspapers to go farther
north than during the post-1967 war, and it permitted a view con-
siderably north of Kuneitra and Baniyas. The day before this cor-
respondent's visit there were two detrimental factors—another heavy
snow and more shooting, and there was more shooting on the follow-
ing day (Feb. 1).
Of course, there were the military to interview, the sight of a
battlefield that could have turned into disaster for Israel if not for
the miraculous triumph of resistance during which a minute Israeli
force overcame the tens of thousands who came in hundreds of
tanks. Had the Syrians proceeded deeply into Israel territory in the
surprise Yom Kippur attack, the result
could have been utterly destructive.
It is from the El Rom Kibutz that the
story can be related from the experience
of the youngsters who created and inhabited
this settlement. Yohanan Beiser, a 2I-year-
old socialist with deep convictions, was the
spokesman for this group. He related how
the women and the four children were evac-
uated, sent to Dafna, while the men were
at Heftziba. During the attack their set-
tlement was destroyed, the 7,000 turkeys
died, their potato and corn crop ruined, the
100 acres of apple trees affected.
Now they are back, rebuilding, starting
anew, determined not to 'abandon their out-
"We believe in what we are doing,"
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