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Israel Starts Rationing Clothing, Shoes; Seeks to Save $25,000,000 in Foreign Currency

The Israel Government officially announced today the immediate introduction of rationing of clothing and shoes with a view to saving $25,000,000 in foreign currency on importing raw materials from abroad.

Addressing a press conference, Minister of Supply Dov Joseph, said today that every citizen of Israel “will receive a fair share.” Special arangements have been made for Arabs in Israel whose garments differ from those of Jews, he stated. He stressed the necessity for reducing imports and increasing exports through higher industrial productivity.

It is understood that the rationing regulations, which will be made public within a day or two, will provide that each resident of Israel be allowed to buy one pair of shoes and one suit a year. Anxious to avoid a run on shoe stores and clothing stores, the Tel Aviv Merchants Association today ordered these stores to close for 24 hours until details of the new measure are published.

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