Israel Leader Reports on Efforts to Improve Lot of Arab Workers

The efforts of the Histadrut, Israel’s general federation of labor, to improve the lot of Arab workers in Israel were outlined here today by Reuven Barkat, Histadrut delegate, at a session of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, with which the Israel labor group affiliated this year.

Mr. Barkat expressed regret that there was no peace in the Middle East and stressed that Israel wanted such peace in order to be able to continue its work of absorbing Jews. He said he hoped the day was not far off when workers in the nearby Arab countries would benefit from the Histadrut’s broad experience in labor matters.

(In Tel Aviv, meanwhile, the Mapai Party announced that it would send a delegation, headed by Mordecai Namir, secretary general of the Histadrut, to the forthcoming Congress of the Socialist International which will open in Stockholm later this month. Mrs. Rachel Shazar, educational secretary of the Working Women’s Council of Israel, will attend the Labor Women’s Conference which will also be held in Stockholm this month.)

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