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Palestine Schools to Reopen As Controversy over Control is Settled After Six Months

The dispute over the control of the Jewish school system which has delayed the opening of the school semester was settled last night at a special session called by the Palestine Jewish National Council.

A compromise agreement was reached which may bring about the opening of the schools within a fortnight.

According to the agreement, the schools are to be under the supervision of the Palestine Jewish National Council. The actual supervisory work, however, is to be carried out by a special committee of five, including two representatives of the Palestine Jewish National Council, one of the Jewish Agency Executive, one of the municipality of Tel Aviv, one of the Jewish Farmers and Parents Association.

The settlement ends a dispute which has endured for the past six months since the Jewish Agency Executive turned over the schools to the Vaad Leumi undertaking, however, to furnish a portion of the budget.

The dispute arose through the opposition of the Tel Aviv Municipality and the Farmers Association to granting the control to the Vaad Leumi.

The controversy reached such a stage that the Palestine government intervened and threatened to withdraw its subsidy unless the schools were reopened at the end of this month.