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Ben Gurion Meets with Orthodox Ministers on Religious Legislation

The first in a series of meetings between Premier David Ben Gurion and his Mapai associates with Ministers of the Religious Bloc in the Cabinet was held today to discuss demands for the enactment of religious legislation. Another meeting will be held later this week.

At the first meeting, which proved inconclusive, Dr. Joseph Burg and Moshe Shapira, both of the Religious Bloc, demanded enactment of a nationwide Sabbath observance law which, they said, had been agreed to in the original agreement on which the present coalition government was based.

They further demanded amendment of the education law which, they asserted, discriminates against schools operated by religious groups. Finally, they insisted that something be done about an alleged campaign along the new immigrants to win their children for non-religious schools.