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Israel Premier Appeals to Striking Physicians and Instructors

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Premier Moshe Sharett appealed to striking doctors, Hebrew University teachers and court officials to “have patience” and call off their strike and slowdowns for higher wages, even as the strikes spread and the academic staff of the Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovoth walked out.

Mr. Sharett’s appeal for patience until a Parliamentary committee brings in detailed proposals for a new civil servants wage schedule to be put into effect in August, came after several different parties urged the government to take immediate steps to avert closing down of the national health services.

The physicians slowdown, now in its fourth day, affected more hospitals and clinics today, with the Tel Aviv municipal hospital restricting its outpatient services and admitting no new clinic patients. The Weizmann Institute staff members who joined the Hebrew University staff on strike number 120.

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