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Nahal Youth and Volunteers to Build Settlement on Banias Ridge

A group of Israeli youths, members of Nahal, the paramilitary youth-farming organization, went this morning to the northern sector of the Golan Heights, the area taken by Israel from Syria during the Six-Day War, to start preparations for a new border settlement in that region The group is the vanguard of 100 Nahal members, to be supplemented by 100 volunteers from abroad, who will establish the new settlement which is to be comprised of an area of about 333 acres of land for cultivation.

The area is on the Banias Ridge and within the international border as fixed by the former British mandate power in Palestine. However, due to repeated aggressions by the Syrians, that area has not been cultivated since Israel acquired statehood in 1948.