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Knesset Welcomes Lifting of Travel Restrictions for Israeli Arabs

Opposition party leaders welcomed today the announcement by Premier Levi Eshkol that travel permits for Arabs in most areas under military government would be abolished but added that the Government should have abolished military government entirely.

The demand for total abolition of military government was made by Menahem Beigin of Herut, Elimelich Rimalt of the Liberal party and Yaacov Chazan of Mapam. Moshe Unna of the Religious Party expressed the hope for a speedy end to such government over Israeli Arabs.

Beigin urged the Government to stop “making excuses” for the failure of the West German Government to act against West German scientists working for the Egyptian regime on military projects. He also criticized the Israel Government for “wrongly and needlessly” joining the anti-South African campaign in the United Nations to prove its abhorrence of racial discrimination.

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