Israel to Permit Flow of Produce to Jordan; 6 West Bank Mayors Pledge Cooperation

The Israel Finance Ministry said today that it intended to permit the continuation of unofficial trade between Israel and Jordan, despite acts of terror and civil disobedience by residents of the occupied west bank. Vegetables and other produce of the west bank move daily across the Jordan River to be marketed on the east bank. The main beneficiaries of this trade are the east bank residents.

Mayors of six west bank towns pledged here today that they would make every effort to reopen all their schools. Most of the schools in their towns have been Boycotted by the Arab teachers, who refuse to work under the Israeli regime or with the curricula and new textbooks introduced by the Israeli authorities.

The mayors were from the towns of Nablus, Tulkarm, Jenin, Salfit, Tubas and Ibta. They met with Gen. Moshe Dayon, the Minister of Defense. After pledging cooperation in the educational field, they requested that the strict curfew in their area be lifted. Stringent and longer curfews were established in their towns recently, after Arab businessmen conducted a general strike, shutting their shops on orders broadcast by the Jordanian radio. The mayors asked Gen. Dayan to adjust their region’s curfews to the same levels operative in the rest of the west bank area.

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