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Israel Immigration Centers Will Be Cleared by Next Passover, Dr. Goldstein Declares

Israel’s crowded immigration reception camps are expected to be completely emptied by Passover, 1950, as a result of the construction of 26,000 new housing units by the and of this year and 15,000 more early next year, it was revealed by Dr. Israel Goldstein, who returned today after a year’s service in Israel as treasurer of the Jewish Agency.

In a statement issued shortly after his arrival, Dr. Goldstein under whose direction the immigration and resettlement in Israel of 250,000 immigrants was financed, outlined a new program under which the new state’s present population of 1,000,000 will be doubled in five years. To absorb this huge flow, he said, it is planned to double the population of Jerusalem, colonize the vital corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and establish 400 new agricultural settlements in Galilee and the Negev. In addition, entirely new cities numbering approximately 60,000 persons each will alter the barren face of large stretches of presently unpopulated areas.