By PETER NOLAN
Catholic intellectuals were -among those backing Israel's full participation in Unesco at an international meeting this • month to launch a campaign to restore its position.
In November 1974 Israel was excluded from the new regions into which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was divided through Arab pressure, by a minority of votes.
The grounds for the exclusion were that Israeli archaeological excavations in Jerusalem had broken a Unesco convention and endangered cultural sites.
Mr Michael Kustow, associate director of the Sillitoc, the author; and Mrs Lynne Reid-Banks, the writer, reported to a Press conference oil the meeting of almost 100 leading authors and academics, held in Paris on March 15 The conference, which they attended as British delegates with Professor Stephen Spender, the poet, drew up a world plan of action to reinstate Israel to her full place in illness:is, from whose activities it leis been excluded.
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despite continual allegations by the Arabs, "no fewer than three experts went there at different times and reported to the Director-General of Unesco. .While not totally exonerating Israel, they gave the country a completely clean bill of health archaeologically," she said.
Mr Kustow added that the convention had never been used against Jordan, though Unesco was aware cultural monuments had been destroyed there before the 1967 war with Israel.
Mr Kustow said artists and writers could bring influence on the situation in two ways — by asking that an extraordinary
general congress of Unesco's members be called to discuss Israel's position or by asking countries not to involve themselves in their region's Unesco activities.
Otherwise there was no Unesco general meeting at which the subject could be considered for another two years and the present African secretary general was believed to be unsympathetic to Israel's case.
Mr Sillitoe said it was the universal -nature of Unesco that concerned him and this universality must be maintained — if, say, Holland were next year excluded on similar grounds, he would equally campaign for her reinstatement. Unesco was the only organisation of its kind in the world.
The Paris conference was sponsored by Lord Goodman, the late Sir Julian Huxley and other leading European figures, but though expenses had been paid for, none of the delegates knew who had put up the money. Those invited by the sponsors were generally sym
"The Prayer of Daily Life"
"Learning to Pray" is the theme of the annual conference of the Association of Teaching Religious at La Sainte Union College of Education, Southampton, next week, which will be opened by Bishop Worlock of Portsmouth.
Over 400 sisters will hear addresses from a number of experts including Mr David Miles Board, Chief Information Officer of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who will be speaking on "The Prayer of Daily Life."