Israel Plans Immigration of 1,000 Families from Latin America

A program providing for the immigration and absorption of 1,000 families from various Latin American countries was presented here today to a convention of immigrants from Latin American. The conference was addressed by Knesseth Speaker Joseph Sprinzak, Labor Minister Golda Myerson and member of the Jewish Agency Meir Grossman.

A total of 3,505 immigrants arrived in Israel during September, according to preliminary figures released here today by the Jewish Agency. Of the total, 3,200 came from North Africa. Eighteen arrived from the USSR and the Communist states of East Europe. All have been old people.

A party of 123 recent immigrants was today sent to Demona, an urban center near Sdeh Boker in the Negev, to begin settlement of that town, which is expected to have a population of 1,000 by the end of this year. The new settlers found homes, a medical clinic, a school and a kindergarten ready for them when they arrived. Most of the settlers are young people with new families and the breadwinners will be employed on a nearby development project.

A new settlement in the Lachish settlement region southwest of Jerusalem was established today. It is named Neve Chen, in memory of the 58 persons who died in the flaming crash of the El Al airliner shot down by Bulgarian fighters last July. Another new settlement, named Neveh Micha, after the late Micha Joseph Berdichevsky, Hebrew writer who died in 1921, was dedicated yesterday in the Lachish area.

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