LONDON (Sep. 13)
Chairman Aryeh L. Pincus of the Jewish Agency said in London yesterday that Israel expected to receive 20,000 immigrants this year from Morocco and Libya. He expressed the hope that the doors would be open to Jews who would like to leave Eastern Europe to settle in Israel and reiterated his strong belief in Israel’s need for substantial immigration from the Western countries.
(In Jerusalem, Leon Dultzin, head of the immigration and absorption department of the Jewish Agency, said today his department was actively considering proposals for the absorption of 20,000 refugees and for a worldwide campaign to encourage immigration.)
Mr. Pincus also expressed concern that the social fabric of Israel’s society should not be endangered by present inequalities in Israeli education. He noted that only four percent of children born of parents from Moslem countries attended universities in Israel. He said the street corners in Israeli development towns were occupied by jobless adolescents without training or hope.
“We cannot go back to a situation where there will be any Jew in our country who says ‘I do not enjoy the same rights.’ We dare not let our people say that there was equality when it came to dying for Israel but inequality when it came to living.”