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U.N. Observers Leave for Negev to Check Israeli Charges of Renewed Egyptian Activity

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United Nations observers left for the Negev area today to investigate Israeli complaints of Egyptian military activity during the past three days. At the same time it was announced here that chief U.N. observer Gen. William Riley will meet in Haifa tonight with Israeli Chief of Operations Yigal Yadin and Reuven Shiloah, of the Foreign Ministry, for what is officially described as a “routine contact.”

Speaking at ceremonies marking the opening here of “Davar House” the new premises of the Laborite daily newspaper Davar–Premier David Ben Gurion declared today that “we Jews can be happier this year, but our happiness is not yet complete.”

The Israeli Premier said that the Jews could not yet celebrate fully their independence because “the blood of our youth is being shed and because everything we achieved this year, and everything which we shall achieve in the immediate future, is not what the Jewish people hoped for centuries–it is only preparation for the dream of generations: the gathering in of the exiles in the Diaspora into Israel.”

Fourteen members of the Stern Group escaped last night from a detention camp near here. A wide search to apprehend them is presently under way.

A total of 80,000 residents of northern Israel, most of them Arabs, were inoculated in the past week by the Israeli Army medical service against smallpox. Earlier, the danger of a smallpox epidemic in northern Israel had been feared by medical officials.

It was announced here today that the Israel National Airways Company, Ltd., which was organized several months ago, now has a capital fund of $4,000,000, which was obtained through the through the government and public subscription. The government holds the founders shares, ensuring it full control of the company.

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