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Israel Tries to Halt Practice of Indigent Seeking Aid in Germany

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The Israeli Government indicated its annoyance today over the practice of some persons holding Israeli passports who have drifted, Jobless, into Germany, where they demand repatriation to Israel. The issue was taken up today by the Foreign Ministry, in consultation with other government branches here, in an effort to halt the practice.

The number of indigent Israelis in West Germany has increased considerably since Bonn abolished the need for entry visas for those holding Israeli passports, as a result of the diplomatic relations recently established between the two countries. Some Israelis who were stranded with no means of support in other European countries have sought refuge in Germany and, in many instances, have appealed to the German authorities on the basis of past crimes committed against the Jews. Israeli officials in Germany have reported that this approach has caused “much chagrin.”

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