JERUSALEM (Jan. 1)
A review of the year published here today establishes that the population of Jerusalem has increased by 27 percent during the year just concluded. There are now 127,000 residents in the Jewish section of the city.
The population increase is due chiefly to the arrival of new immigrants. The return of government employees from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem–since the proclamation of the city as Israel’s capital–has also contributed to this increase.
The hardships which the city faced as a result of the water shortage have been removed during the year by the completion of an additional water pipeline. The restrictions on the use of water have now been lifted. The city is enjoying an unprecedented building boom with 3,000 dwelling units being built in various sections of the Jewish part of Jerusalem.
A Year Book published today by the Israel Government was termed by Gershon Agron, director of the Department of Information, as “the most valuable reference book on Israel.” He emphasized that the book “will serve as the Israel Government’s visiting card to the non-Jewish world.” The book contains 500 pages, with detailed information on the composition and the activities of each government department, as well as data on various aspects of life in Israel. It also contains detailed information on Israel’s parliament and the laws it passed.