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First Group of Jews to Leave Poland Under New Emigration Policy Arrives at Haifa

A group of 55 Polish Jews, the first to arrive since the institution of the new Polish Government policy facilitating emigration of Israel-bound Jews, landed at Haifa this morning where they were greeted by a large crowd of relatives, friends and representatives of various institutions in Israel. Some of the immigrants declared that half of the Jews in Poland are preparing to come to Israel.

Tomorrow 260 Polish Jews are expected. The Jewish Agency estimates that beginning in January approximately 1,500 men, women and children will arrive here from Poland each month.

The immigration movement of Yemenite Jews is expected to be completed by the end of January or the middle of February, Itzhak Raphael, Agency immigration official, declared in Jerusalem last night. He estimated that there are only about 6,000 Yemenite Jews left in Yemen or Aden.

Mr. Raphael also announced that the entire country will celebrate the passing of the 1,000,000-population-mark on Dec. 19, midway through the Hanukkah festival. The day has been designated “In-Gathering of the Exiles Day” and the festivities will include the traditional Hanukkah torch-hearing marathon from Nodin, birthplace of the Maccabee revolution against the Syrians, to Jerusalem.

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