Israel Cabinet Committee Approves Unemployment Payments to Jobless

A Ministerial Economic Committee of the Israel Cabinet approved today regulations for payments of jobless allowances as well as the classifications of Israeli unemployed entitled to receive the payments.

The Ministers decided that the first payments, to be made on April 1, would be made only to those who had been jobless for at least two months and who had been registered with a labor exchange for 34 days. Labor Minister Yigal Allon reported to Parliament last week that, as of the end of 1966, 96,000 Israelis were jobless out of a labor force of 857,000 workers.

Israel’s Manpower Planning Commission reported here yesterday that the country’s severe unemployment has affected chiefly males between the ages of 14 and 34. The commission’s statistics showed also that unemployment had increased especially in the last few months among sections of the population born either in Israel or in Arab lands.

A meeting of some 200 Israeli rabbis including Chief Rabbis Isser Yehuda Unterman and Yitzhak Nissim and Religious Affairs Minister Zerah Warhaftig, expressed grave concern last night at the “increasing exploitation by missionaries of the economic situation to obtain conversions.” A resolution condemning missionary activities in Israel noted that some 200 conversions were carried out in the country each year.

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