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Palestine Government Leases Land from Jewish National Fund for Arab Squatters

A Government communique has been issued here confirming the report (given in the J.T.A. Bulletin of Dec. 23rd.) that the Government has taken a lease of part of the Wady Havarit land from the Jewish National Fund, but stating that the area in question is less than the 5,000 dunam mentioned previously in this connection. The J.T.A. understands that about 3,000 dunam are involved.

The Government was intending to lease from the Jewish National Fund a section of the Wady Havarit land on which Bedouin squatters were trespassing in December in order to settle the Arabs there.