20,000 Displaced Arabs Rehabilitated in Israel, Ben-gurion Reports

The Israel Government has paid out a total of 6, 700, 000 pounds($3, 752, 000) to Arab owners of land taken ever by the Development Authority, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion told the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament.

Mr. Ben-Gurion also told the House that a Government plan for the rehabilitation of displaced Arabs had provided housing and other aid to some 20, 000 Arabs at a total cost of 10, 000, 000 pounds ($5, 600, 000).

The Premier reported that broadcasts in Arabic by Kol Yisrael. the Israel broadcasting service, were well received and widely heard in neighboring Arab countries and justified themselves in every way. He described the Arabic service as one of the most important means of combatting false information and incitement disseminated by stations in Arab countries.

In a report on the Government Tourist Office, Mr. Ben-Gurion announced that Israel had earned $16, 000, 000 from tourism in 1959. Over 100, 000 persons visited Israel during the year, he declared.

NEXT STORY