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Jewish Agency Will Not Aid Able-bodied Immigrants Who Refuse to Work As Assigned

Able-bodied immigrant men of working age will not receive any aid from the Jewish Agency if they refuse to go to places of work to which they are directed, it was announced today. The decision was taken by the joint coordinating board of the Agency and the government as part of a plan to take newcomers out of the reception camps at the earliest opportunity and put them into the productive life of the country.

The Ministry of Labor announced last night that it is allocating $1,400,000 for the development of “auxiliary immigrant farm units.” The money will be transferred to a special fund supervised by the Jewish Agency and the Histadrut, Israel’s general federation of labor.

An immigrant camp for 300 newly-arrived families is under construction near the coastal town of Naharia. The immigrants assigned to the new camp will help in the construction of some 500 new housing units.