LONDON (Jul. 18)
A new scheme whereby immigrants arriving in Israel will either bring with them, or be preceded by, shipments of prefabricated housing, was outlined here today by Eliahu Dobkin, immigration chief of the Jewish Agency. He said that present housing plans will provide living accommodations for the 65,000 new immigrants now in Israeli reception centers, but said that immigrants who will reach the new state’s shores henceforth will not be covered by these plans.
By the end of the current year, Mr. Dobkin estimated, approximately 70,000 new arrivals in the Jewish state will remain unhoused. Including three vessels which disembarked new arrivals in Haifa last week, the Agency official said the number of Jews who have arrived in Israel since the proclamation of statehood now stands at 263,000. He added that “final liquidation of the DP camps in Europe is in sight” and efforts are now being made to expedite the immigration to Israel of Jews from Yemen and Tripolitania.