Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Alfred M. Lilienthal Establishes Fund for Palestinian Children

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Alfred M. Lilienthal Establishes Fund for Palestinian Children

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ALFRED M. LILIENTHAL ESTABLISHES FUND FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

Pioneer anti-Zionist writer and Middle East pease activist Alfred M. Lilienthal, who will observe his 85th birthday in December, has set up a foundation, in conjunction with American Near east Refugee Aid (ANERA), to support the education and nurture of Palestinian children.

Funds from the non-profit, tax-exempt Lilienthal Foundation, which Dr. Lilienthal established with a personal donation and to which he will bequeath his estate upon his death, will be used by ANERA to provide books and other school supplies; food, clothing and medical care; pay for school building upkeep and utilities and teachers' salaries; and fund emergency needs for children in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

The foundation will continue Dr. Lilienthal's more than half-century of service to the cause of justice for the Palestinians, whose plight came to his attention when he was serving in the Middle East during World War II with the U.S. Army and the Department of State. Since then he has written extensively in an effort to educate Americans about the injustices inflicted upon the Palestinians since the 1947 United Nations partition of their country, which awarded 53 percent of the former Mandate of Palestine to its Jewish inhabitants, who constituted less than one-third of the population and who owned only 7 percent of its land. …

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