From the minutes of the Business Meeting at the World Vegetarian Congress,
India, December 4, 1967:
It was decided to hold the 20th Congress in Israel in 1969.
From the minutes of the Executive Committee, London, May 1968:
Apologies: The Secretary said that he . . . did not know why Mr Pick,
who had been invited as Representative of the Israeli Organising Committee
Israel Congress 1969: After a careful and lengthy discussion and
taking into account the feelings of other friends with very great
regret it was unanimously agreed that the Israel Congress should be
postponed in view of the situation in Israel which has developed adversely
since the Congress had been agreed, with the possibility of war erupting
at any time. It was felt that responsibility could not be taken for
encouraging delegates to take the ....... a cancellation nearer to
the ............ [remainder illegible]
Later minutes from 1968 have been lost, presumably they changed their
minds.... the following is from The British Vegetarian, March/April,
1969 (full page advert):
20th INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN
Plans have now been finalised for the 20th World
Congress proposed to be held in Israel from 2nd to 16th November,
1969. Cheap group air travel is available to and from Israel (Tel
Aviv) via London (Heathrow), Zurich and other airports.
Individual inclusive costs are expected to be from
115 guineas for 14 days to 145 guineas for 28 days.
Messrs. Peltours Tourist Service, who have such
excellent facilities in Israel, were commissioned last year by
the I.V.U. to make the necessary arrangements. They have now had
a supply of illustrated brochures printed, giving all particulars
relating to air travel, accommodation, sightseeing etc. A copy
of the brochure is obtainable on request from Peltours, 29 Duke
Street, London, W.1. (Telephone: 01-935-9943).
PROPOSED PROGRAMME AND ITINERARY
2nd - 8th November. - Arrival at Lod Airport
(Tel-Aviv). Thirty-mile coach journey to Jerusalem. Seven days
at Jerusalem, including most of four for vital business sessions
on Soil, Nutrition, Naturopathy, delegates' reports, SCIVU, IVU
Committee and A.G.M. Sandwiched sightseeing tours of old Jerusalem
and its religious places, a Mayoral reception, Israeli folklore
and dancing, banquets, home hospitality etc.
9th - 16th November - on leaving Jerusalem,
visits will be made to many well-known places, including Schechem,
the Valley of Jezreel, Nazareth, Cana, Galilee, Tiberias and Amirim.
There will be an overnight stay at a Kibbutz Guest House.
Visits will also be made to Safad, Acre and Haifa.
Several days at Natanya, a coastal resort, will provide opportunities
for many other excursions. The weather will still be delightful
and it will be possible to enjoy swimming. Vaccination will not
WHAT YOU MUST DO NOW PLEASE
Those who definitely wish to attend this Congress
should contact the General Secretary at once, giving their full
names and addresses clearly, and their preferences for the grade
of accommodation, whether they wish to share or not, their diet,
i.e. vegetarian/vegan, and their proposed mode of travel. A deposit
of £25 will be required well in advance and the balance
by 20th September. This should be sent when requested by Official
Letter, but until then prospective delegates will be kept in touch
by succeeding circulars and notices in the Magazine.
Please send details as requested to: Mr. B.J.
Gunn-King, The Hon.General Secretary, International Vegetarian
Union, "Shanmar," 11 Old Ballymoney Road, Ballymena,
Co.Antrim, N.Ireland (U.K.). (Tel: Ballymena 2729)
Regional, National and Local Secretaries arranging
groups in their respective countries are requested to immediately
contact the General Secretary, through whom final bookings must
From The Humanitarian and Vegetarian World Forum, July-Sep.,
20th International Vegetarian Union Congress, 1969
THE Marquis de St. Innocent, President of the I.V.U., has asked us
to give our readers the following information :-
In appreciation of outstanding contributions made by the Lady Dowding
and her dedicated co-workers to the vegetarian cause, the International
Vegetarian Union is offering two "Beauty Without Cruelty Youth
Prizes" to be awarded at the forthcoming I.V.U. World Congress
in Israel next November. First Prize of one hundred dollars for the
best expression of the humanitarian ideal in three words. Second Praize,
Typical examples of the ideal in three words: Mahatma Gadhi's "Renounce
and Enjoy," Dr. Albert Schweitzer's "Respect for Life,"
and best of all Lady Dowding's "Beauty without Cruelty." In
case of duplications the prize will go to the contestant who first sends
in his reply to Mr. Brian Gunn-King, Honorary Secretary General, I.V.U.,
Shanmar, 11 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena, County Antrim, N. Ireland, U.K.
The prizes will be voted upon by the assembled delegates at the Israeli
Congress. To qualify for these two prizes you must be less than 31 years
A third prize of twenty five dollars will be awarded to the first vegetarian,
regardless of age, whi correctly guesses the name of the person who
invented the three-word phrase, "Nostalgia for Perfection."
A small advert appeared in the July/August issue of The British
| There is still time to book for the
I.V.U. WORLD CONGRESS
2ND - 16TH Nobember 1969
For full details please contact the officially appointed agents:
72 WIGMORE STREET
Telephone: 01-935 5500
A couple of years later Peltours Ltd were offering a variety of specialist
vegetarian holidays via the same magazine. The above was repeated in
the September/October issue which also printed another full-page ad.,
giving different contact info:
20th WORLD CONGRESS
2 -16 November
Take advantage of this fine opportunity to attend
the 20th Congress in the historic capital city of Jerusalem.
Important Business Sessions on such subjects as
Food and Soil, Healthy Way to Live, S.C.I.V.U., Youth Forum,
Society Reports will be considered at the General Assembly of
There will alsobe a reception by the Mayor of
Jerusalem; a visit to the Israel Museum; a banquet; a musical
evening and city tours.
Sightseeing tours will be available to Jericho,
the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Acre, Tel Aviv, Eilat,
Beersheba, Massada and Kibbutz settlements.
To The HON. GENERAL SECRETARY
MR B. J. GUNN-KING,
" SHANMAR," 11 OLD BALLYMONEY ROAD
BALLYMENA, CO. ANTRIM, N.IRELAND (U.K.)
After all these big adverts, subsequent issues of The British Vegetarian
made no mention of the Congress whatsoever. This was after a decade
of entire issues devoted to each Congress. The next Congress, in 1971,
was fully reported as usual - we currently do not know why this one
was missed and have no further information about the 1969 Congress as
the minutes of the business meetings are also missing from an otherwise
almost complete set since 1955.
Mr Brian Gunn-King was present at the 2002 World Vegetarian Congress,
held in Edinburgh. He confirmed to the IVU Webmaster that the Congress
did go ahead.
Jashu Shah, IVU Reginal Co-ordinator for Asia, who has attended Congresses
since 1957 has also confirmed that the 1969 Congress went ahead, but
he says that only about 90 people attended - presumably many were hesitant
about visiting the country because of the unstable political situation.
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