Israel Will Not Change Policy of Deporting Arab Infiltrees, Premier Announces
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Israel Will Not Change Policy of Deporting Arab Infiltrees, Premier Announces

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Premier David Ben Gurion today told the opposition in the Israel Parliament that the government will not change its policy of de##ting Arab infiltrees.

“If the Parliament desires to change that policy it had better elect a now government, but as long as the Parliament adheres to the policy outlined at the in##tion of the state the police and army will continue to search for and deport introes,” he said. Roplying to charges of irregularities during searches for infil##ees, he said that complaints should be made to the Ministries of Defense and Police of persons responsible for misdeeds will be punished.

Earlier, Moshe Erom, Mapam deputy, charged that during the raid last week on ## Gosh, Arab village near Jerusalem, police and troops had deported children registered for school, persons living in the village for a year and in some cases mothers ##d been deported and their children left behind. He demanded that the government ?stere the villagers’ confidence in Israel by reuniting families broken up by the ##portations.Erom was joined by an Arab deputy, Mohamed Said el Zabi, of the Nazareth Democratic Party, who complained of the “atrocious” behavior of the police and soldiers involved in the raid and charged that they deported children and aged people. A vote ## no confidence in the government was decisively defeated by the Knesset.

An official communique today revealed that a curfew was imposed at Kfar Tirah, ## Eastern Sharon near Ramath Hakevesh, last Saturday and a party of Israel police and Army personnel searched the village for Arab infiltrees and contraband.

Soveral hundred villagers were searched and questioned during the 12-hour poration, which was carried out with a minimum of inconvenience for the inhabitants, ? small number of Arabs were detained and quantities of flour, tobacco, cloth, nylon products and soap which had been smuggled in were seized, as was a heard of several hundred Palestinian pounds issued during the Mandatory regime.

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