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Israel Starts Survey of Manpower; Registration for Army Reserve Starts Sunday

Registration for army reserve service of all Israel citizens between 20 and 49 years of age will start this Sunday, it was ancounced here today. Men over 40 will be required to serve for two weeks. Those under 40 will be liable to four weeks’ service.

Meanwhile, the Israel Government today began a manpower survey designed to provide specific information concerning the distribution and occupations of some 450,000 men employed in Israel and Israel industries in various parts of the world.

Registration forms have been sent to every enterprise in the country which employs one or more men. It is estimated that between 70,000 and 80,000 enterprises–including collective settlements–will return the completed forms within the statutory one-week period.

The census is being conducted by the government Labor Board which is composed of representatives of various government departments and the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, and is headed by Zeev Sherf. The task of the board, Mr. Sherf told newsmen, is to assign individual duties to each man in the event of an emergency. The body will centralize all data on available and resorve manpower and on military and civilian manpower needs.

The Cairo radio today reported that Egypt, which is not supporting the United Nations decision to check the Communist invasion of South Korea, is expecting financial and technical aid from the United States under President Truman’s “Point Four Program” for under-developed areas. A committee of representatives of nearly all Egyptian government departments has been formed to discuss how best to use aid under Truman’s plan, Soliman Ghanam Bey, Minister of National Economy, told the Parliament last night, the broadcast said.

(From London it was reported that Labor members of the British Parliament suggested in Commons yesterday that Britain discontinue the sending of arms to Egypt in retaliation for the latter’s failure to back the U.N. decision on Korea. Woodrow Wyatt, one of the Labor M.P.’s, said “it would have been better for us to have sent jet planes to the Far East rather than to have supplied them to Egypt.” He added that Britain is now “the laughing stock of the Middle East” because it is “fooding the mouth that bites us.”)

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