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Population of Israel Expected to Reach 1,000,000 in 1949; Housing Project Launched

There will be 1,000,000 Jews living in Israel before the end of 1949, Itzhak Werfel, of the Jewish Agency immigration bureau, declared over the weekend in a statement to the press. The immigrants who will bring the population to this total will arrive from the DP camps, Africa, North and South America and the Eastern European countries, he added. Werfel revealed that a $20,000,000 housing project has just been launched to [relieve the acute housing shortage which thus far has kept some 30,000 immigrants in transit camps. Housing accommodation to the extent of 1,000 rooms are already under construction, he said. The cost of the major housing effort which has just been launched, Werfel stated, will be borne by the Agency, the Jewish National Fund and local housing companies. The Agency will provide $10,000,000, the J.N.F. $4,000,000 while the remainder will some from several local companies, he said.