TEL AVIV (Sep. 17)
Stringent new regulations aimed against an Arab anti-education campaign in the west bank occupied area were issued by Israel army authorities today.
Gen. Uzzi Narkis, military commander of the area, issued the orders, which call for a sentence of ten years in prison or a fine of 2,000 Israeli pounds for conviction on charges of incitement. A second order prohibits maintaining any contact with the enemy.
Many Arab teachers in the west bank area were able to go on strike against the Israel authorities because they had continued to receive wages from Jordan.
The first day of school in the Gaza Strip — and the first under Israeli auspices — opened smoothly and without incident today. The school year began with some 42,000 students attending classes in 65 elementary schools, 14 high schools and two teachers’ seminars. All teachers reported for duty, while the number of students reporting was a little more than half that in previous years, when the area was under Egyptian rule. New and revised school books, as well as other supplies, are provided by the Israel Government.
In addition to these schools, one hundred schools operated by the United Nations Refugee and Relief Organization also opened, and without incident.