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Celebration of “ingathering of Exiles” Day in Israel Ends; New Immigrants Land by Air

Celebration of “Yom Kibbutz Galuyoth”–“Day of the Ingathering of the Exiles”–concluded last night with the landing at Lydda Airport of three planes carrying Jewish immigrants from three different parts of the world. One craft arrived from Aden with Yemenite Jews bringing with them ancient Scrolls of the Law and singing traditional Hanukkah songs as they alighted from the plane.

A second plane brought a group of Iranian and Iraqi Jews from Teheran while the third landed with immigrants from India. The new arrivals were welcomed by a huge turnout of Israelis, including members of the Cabinet and the Knesset, and were given a holiday meal at the specially-decorated airport restaurant.