JNF Reports Civilian Settlement of Former Jnf-nahal Outposts

The Jewish National Fund reported today that three border outposts which it had prepared for settlement with the Israeli Army had been turned over to civilian settlers, Herman Weisman, JNF president, said the villages had been set up jointly over the past six years by Nahal, the paramilitary pioneering organization and the JNF, which had reclaimed the land, built access roads and erected buildings.

Mei-Ami, in northern Samaria, which stood off a heavy Arab attack during the June war, has now been taken over by members of the Noar Zioni youth movement. The settlement is named after Miami, Fla. Modiim, formerly Mevo Modiim, in northern Judea, was set up in December 1964. It is now settled by the Orthodox Poalei Agudat Israel. Tsur Nathan, founded last year on the western rim of the Samarian hills, has been occupied by members of the Betar, the Revisionist youth organization, and settlers from abroad who are building a smallholders cooperative village.

Mr. Weisman said three more outposts — Biranit on the Lebanese border, Maalah Ha-Gilboa in northeastern Samaria, and Hatseva, in the Arava desert valley facing Edom — will soon become permanent settlements. He said work was being rushed on preparations for three new outposts to be founded within a month.

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