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Police and Demonstrators Clash in Front of Israeli Parliament; Several Wounded

A group of about 100 people demonstrated today in front of the Israeli Parliament asking for “employment and bread,” and demanding that a delegation be received by the praesidium of the Parliament.

While the main body was presenting its demands, a group of the demonstrators forced open the gates of the Parliament compelling the police to use force to expel them from the premises. As a result, some of the demonstrators and policemen were injured.

Regret that “irresponsible parties” found it necessary to demonstrate in front of the Parliament was expressed by Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of the Knesset, in opening today’s session. He strongly condemned the forcing of the gates while the praesidium of the Knesset discussed the question of receiving a delegation of demonstrators. He praised the attitude of the policemen and their patience in the face of provocation.

Members of all political parties in the Knesset concurred with the Speaker. Representatives of the Mapai and of the Agudas Israel said that “certain specific parties” are inciting some of the newly-arrived immigrants to stage demonstrations.

A total of 23,598 jobless registered during June with Labor Exchange Offices throughout the country, it was reported today. Only 2,815 of them worked 19 days or more during the month, while the remainder were employed sporadically or partially, the report said.

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