ISRAELI AID IN AFRICA

Created: 3/30/1961

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ISRAKLI AID IH AFRICA

recent epeeeb by Israeli Foreign Minister Golds Heirthat Israel, despite thc anti-Israel resolution adopted in January at the African "aurn-alt" conference In Casablanca, bas decided to continue expanding its foreign aid prograa ln Ira. Melr discounted tbe Casablanca resolution, which ess inspired by tbe OAR,a* having bees prompted bytemporary need" to support slogans harmful to Israel. Sbe said it does not reflect "tbe entire political balance sheet" of Israel'svltb African states.

The resolution criticised Isrsel as -an instrument ofsnd neocolonialism" la Africa as well as tbs Mlddls Bast. Its signatories Included tbe beads of state of Ghana, Guinea, and Mall, each of which receives Israeli aid, as wsll as of the UAR and Morocco. Israeli representations to the governments of tbs first three evoked reiterations of their support of tbe resolution, although Ghana's Mkruaah gaws private assurances of continued good will toward Israel. Tbe three, nevertheless, appear ready to accept aid froa any source, and on that basis the Israelis have decided toassisting them.

One report indicates that Israel's aid hereafter will be more readily available tostates requesting it, ln contrast to tbs currentof tbs bulk of lt on tworee

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Mrs. Melr said Israel wouldovernment experts to Africa and Asia0 nongovernmental technicians also have been sent. Israelissions ln

countries in Africa and Asia.

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Ghana ls still the program's showcase. Moresraeli experts ln agriculture, marine navigation, and construction are serving there, wblle numerous Ghanaians are taking courses ln Israel. Mall la one of the newest recipients of Israeli aid.received smallto tbe Casablancaterms which made themift.

oreign trainees are scheduled to attend courses ln Israel this year. The training program includes academic studies at tbe Haifa Institute of TsCh-nology and tbs Hebrew University in Jerusalem as wsllas a five-year nedical courseour-year curriculum in agriculturalMilitary coursss srs also conducted; about aratroopers recently were trained by the Israelis.

Seminars Is various fields are held per iodic la 1ly. Last August, Israel was boatelegates froaountries at aa International conference on "Science ln tbe Advancement of Hew States." Tha African and Asian delegations were urged to look to Israelraining ground for technicians and for Ideas and research facilities.

Another venture ln Tel Aviv, the Afro-Aslsn Institute for Labor Studies, ls sponsored jointly by the Israel Federation of Labor (Hlstadrut) and tbe AFL-CI0. Sixty-four students fronfrican and Asiancurrently ace extending tbe firsteries of six-month courses. The purpose of tbe school ls to demonstrate Israsl's rapidemocratic system to labor leaders andof cooperatives from underdeveloped areas.

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recognizes Israel's aid prograaballsoge to bis own efforts to exertln Africa. UAR propaganda sedla regularly denounce Israeli activities ln Africa asnacblnatlons. Other Arab states have supported tbs UAR campaign.

It remains to be seen whether, ln the face of the

Arab countercampalgn, tbsprogram will reappolitical advantages for Telv. Despite theresolution, tbe Israslls apparently still fssl that they can count os gaining diplomatic benefits, particularly when tbe Arabs press their perennial grievances>on Palestine in tbe mt. (ASCOT)

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