JERUSALEM (Jan. 13)
An Israel Government interdepartmental committee recommended today the expenditure of 10, 000, 000 pounds over the next three to four years to achieve the economic rehabilitation of Arab refugees who returned to this country.
Some 20,000 Arabs, most of them repatriated after the war of 1948, will receive compensation for lost or abandoned lands in the form of cash or land. Housing mortgages, grants and loans for agricultural development projects and for vocational training will be another form in which aid will be provided. Where feasible, the refugees will be aided in projects linked with the improvement of villages into which they will be integrated.
The new program flows from a decision by the Israel Government last year to rehabilitate local Arab impoverished as a result of the war as well as repatriates readmitted in the reunion of families plan. Some 16,000 of the assistance recipients were removed from the rolls of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.