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Sit-downers Protesting ‘exclusion’ from Jobs Ousted from Agency Building

Police last night expelled a group of 80 unemployed Jewish workers from all over the country who launched a sit-down demonstration in the corridor of the Jewish Agency for Palestine offices in protest against alleged exclusion from public projects.

The workers, adherents of the General Zionist Group “B” organization, sought an interview with David Ben Gurion, chairman of the Palestine executive committee of the Jewish Agency, to present their grievances, but he refused to meet a delegation until they left the premises. The demonstrators asserted that they were excluded from the new colony of Hanita and other settlements, from the construction of the barbed-wire barricade along the Syrian frontier, from housing projects and from jobs in Jewish national institutions. The secretary of their organization was being temporarily held by the police.