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Zionist Actions Committee Starts Session in Jerusalem Today

The Zionist Actions Committee, supreme world Zionist body between Zionist Congresses, starts meeting tomorrow to discuss problems of in creased immigration to Israel, of establishing Zionist territorial federations and of expanding the Jewish Agency by coopting non-Zionist members into its executive. American members of the Actions Committee are expected to play an important role in the deliberations.

A report issued here today on the eve of the opening of the Actions Committee session states that over 63,000 immigrants arrived in Israel between April 1, 1956 and March 31, 1957, the year immediately after the last World Zionist Congress. The report points out that shortly after the Zionist Congress decided to make an all-out effort to admit Moroccan Jews, emergency situations developed in Hungary and Egypt and some 10,000 persons from both countries were forced to seek haven in Israel.

The report establishes that in the first three months of 1957 some 10,000 European Jews came to Israel, more than 20 times as many as had come in the same period of 1956. This indicates a renewed trend of migration from Europe; the more recent immigration having been overwhelmingly from North African or Asian countries. However, in the 12-month period under review, North African immigrants were still predominant: 28,637 Moroccan Jews, 6,072 Tunisian Jews and 1, 062 Algerian Jews came to Israel as compared to 15,271 from various European countries. Emigration from Israel declined to 5,400 during the year in question.

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