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August 01, 1975 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-08-01

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Israel Eyes Solar Energy For Fuel


tation of solar energy in Is-
rael is the highest per capita
in the world, for no fewer
than 20 percent of Israel's
population use solar energy
for water heating, according
to Dr. Tzvi Tabor, one of Is-
rael's foremost experts in
the field.
Israel had long ago begun
vestigating the possibility
of harnessing the sun to
solve its energy problems,
but its experiments in the
field were halted in 1966
when it transpired that this
source of energy would ulti-
mately cost more than oil,
and oil then was cheap. Re-
cently, however, the efforts
in this direction have been
renewed. Moreover, several
other countries have begun
evincing interest in the ex-
ploitation of solar energy,
among them India and the
United States where experi-
ments are being made in the

use of solar energy for home
Experiments have been
undertaken in Israel in the
harnessing of the sun's rays
for water desalination and
the results have been most
encouraging. For many
years now solar energy has
been employed at the Dead
Sea Potash Works. The eva-
porating pans at the Dead
Sea Works for the separa-
tion of potash from the wa-
ter now cover an area of
about 100 square kilome-
ters. If oil fuel were to be
employed for the purpose,
the country's present oil
consumption would be tre-

Other countries, too,
employ solar energy in the
process of salt production,
but on a much smaller per
capita scale than Israel.
Recently experiments
have been undertaken in
the use of solar energy for
cooling purposes. But in-
vestigations in this sphere

are still in their initial

Solar energy holds out
many possibilities for Israel
by dint of the country's cli-
matic conditions. The possi-
bilities of transforming so-
lar energy into photoelectric
energy are shortly to be in-
vestigated as are the possi-
bilities of transforming so-
lar energy into mechanical
Upwards of 100,000 solar
heaters are currently in use
in Israel for domestic pur-
poses. This brings about a
saving of about 100,000 tons
of oil per annum. It is ex-
pected that shortly the use
of solar energy for domestic
purposes will be extended
beyond the heating of wa-
ter. Developments in this re-
spect will, it is expected,
also lead to an expansion of
the use of solar energy in
The use of solar energy in
the heating of homes, how-

Friday, August 1, 1975 17


ever, will not prove economi-
cally feasible unless some
means is devised of storing
energy for a long time, as
well as for its employment
for cooling purposes. How-
ever, since it is estimated
that the development of so-
lar cooling devices in Israel
would involve an outlay of
some IL 10 billion, the air-
conditioning of houses,
which is still regarded as a
luxury in Israel, does not oc-
cupy a high place on the
country's scale of priorities.
As regards the construc-
tion of solar pools, Israel
has made several original
contributions to this sphere,
which justifies the contin-
uation of its efforts and in-
vestments. If it is possible to
construct such pools at a
cost of less than $10 per
square meter, they should
be able to provide cheaper
energy for water desalina-
tion than the plants running
on oil.

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Hadassah, JDC Give Funds
to Romanian Flood Victims

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A manian Friendship League
gift of medicines, for the in Tel Aviv has launched an
relief of Romanian flood vic- appeal among the Israeli
tims, has been sent by the public to aid Romanian
Hadassah Medical Organi- flood victims.
At the same time, the
zation to the Israel govern-
ment to dispatch to the Ro- Joint Distribution Com-
mittee has contributed
manian government.
The Romanian Charge $10,000 for Romanian flood
d'Affaires in Israel recently relief, it was reported by
asked the Israel government Jack D. Weiler,. JDC
to help his country with chairman.
The contribution followed
provisions of phosphates,
cattle feed and also long an appeal for assistance by
term credit. Foreign Minis- Rabbi Moses Rosen, presi-
ter Yigal Allon and Com- dent of the Federation of
merce Minister Haim Bar- Jewish Communities of Ro-
ley assured him that the mania. The funds will be
requests would be carefully used to aid all flood victims,
'Jews and non-Jews alike,
Weiler said.
Meanwhile the Israel-Ro-
The floods, early in July,
manian Friendship League were said to be the worst
in Tel Aviv has launched an since 1970. More than
appeal among the Israeli 100,000 acres of farmland
public to aid Romanian were flooded, almost 300
flood victims.
homes were destroyed and
Meanwhile the Israel-Ro- another 7,500 were dam-
aged. In 1970 the JDC also
contributed funds for Ro-
20 Die in Attempt manian flood relief, Weiler
to Murder Qaddafi noted.

TEL AVIV — It was
learned here that the Cairo
newspaper Al-Akhbar re-
ported that 20 persons were
killed in an unsuccessful
attempt against Libyan ru-
r Muammar Qaddafi.
The deaths were caused
by a missile fired from an
overhead plane as Qaddafi
and other members of the
Revolutionary Command
Council stood on a review
platform during a cere-
Cairo newspapers said
that 39 Libyan officers were
put under arrest after they
demanded that Qaddafi
change some of his policies
and submit to a psychiatric

Qaddafi was also reported
to have arrested nine Egyp-
tian engineers working in
Libya for refusing to join a
sabotage ring operating
against Egypt.

Syria Attacks
Baez for Zionism

TEL AVIV — It was
learned here that the Syrian
government newspaper "A-
Thawra" attacked the
American folk singer Joan
Baez in an article published
in June for her choice of
American Negro gospel
songs during her appear-
ance at Baalbek in Lebanon
last year.
The article stated:
"Apparently no one lis-
tened to the content of the
songs of Joan Baez and this
is very unfortunate. For she
is a Zionist, and devotes
most of her songs to glorify-
ing Israel.
"Every song has words of
praise for the invasion and
the conquest of the Arab
lands. It should be made
known that Joan is one of
Zionism's biggest support-



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