Negev Settlements Report Arabs Infiltrating Israel Are Planting Booby Traps, Land Mines

Reports reaching here today from Negev settlements indicate that Arabs infiltrating Israel have recently begun to plant booby traps and land mines in areas inhabited by Jewish colonists. The Negev settlers have requested the Army to institute closer supervision of the Jewish state’s borders and to clear “suspicious areas” of explosives.

Representatives of the Red Mogen Dovid and Health Minister Moshe Shapira today accepted 30 new ambulances for the use of the organization donated by Jewish communities in the Western hemisphere, England and France. Twenty-six ambulances were brought here from the U.S. and Latin America and two each from England and France.

Joseph Schlossberg, chairman of the Histadrut campaign in the U.S., arrived here today. He was greeted by a delegation of the Histadrut executive and representatives of other labor groups in Israel. He intends to remain in the Jewish state for several months.

The hope that American Jews will invest $100,000,000 in Israel during the next three years was expressed in Tel Aviv today at a press conference by Robert R. Nathan, American economic adviser to the Jewish Agency. He said that about $40,000,000 was being invested in Israel by such American groups as the AMPAL and the Palestine Economic Corporation.

Mr. Nathan, who came to Israel from New York, said that the improvement of the economic situation in the United States during the past two months will strengthen the fund-raising campaign of the United Jewish Appeal and will also increase interest of American capitalists in the development of Israel through investments. Several large American industrial organizations are planning to establish branches in Israel, he reported. One corporation has already been founded in the U.S. for the purpose of erecting a big shoe factory near Jerusalem with a $1,000,000 capital, he said.

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