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Many Volunteers Want to Remain in Israel, Histadrut is Told

At least a third of the volunteers who came to Israel from abroad during the pre-war emergency last May and who have not yet left the country are interested in making a long stay here or in settling permanently, the central committee of Histadrut, the Israel labor federation, was informed today.

Abraham Bankover, chairman of the organization’s volunteers committee, reported that 6,000 volunteers still remained in the country. Of these, 4,000 were working in settlements around the country. The remaining 2,000, he said, were employed by the Jewish National Fund on several development projects or were working at civilian occupations in new border outposts. He announced plans for a series of special rallies for the volunteers to be held during the next few weeks in various parts of the country.