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Israel Formally Extends Jurisdiction over Old Jerusalem and Its Suburbs

Israel formally extended the Jurisdiction of the Jerusalem municipality today to include the Old City and its suburbs. An order to this effect was signed by Interior Minister Moshe Shapiro on the basis of approval by Parliament yesterday of a law authorizing that action.

The Knesset approved all three required readings of the measure within three hours, with only three Communist deputies voting against the bill. The measure also provided for protection of the holy places of all three religions.

Simultaneously, the Bank of Israel introduced Israeli currency this morning as the only legal tender in the new areas of the united Jerusalem.