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Jewish Agency Starts Three-day Session; Discusses Immigration

The Jewish Agency executive today began a three-day plenary session. Dr. Itzhak Raphael, immigration chairman, reported to the meeting on problems concerning immigration from North Africa and Iran which must be presented to next week’s meeting of the Agency-Israel Government immigration coordination board.

After the session, a Jewish Agency spokesman denied reports that the Agency had decided to cut its budget for colonization work. The spokesman said that for the coming year the Agency had allocated 29.000,000 pounds, which represents more than a 20 percent increase over the 22,500,000 pounds spent last year for this purpose.

Dr. George Josephthal, Jewish Agency settlement director, today told conference of the Association of Immigrants from Britain that the Agency had allocated 800,000 pounds for assistance to immigrants from English-speaking countries. The conference was also told that half of the British Jewish youths who came to Israel for one year’s service have already decided to remain and settle in kibbutzim.

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