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21,000 Arabs Get West Bank Visiting Privilege; Only 14,000 Exercise It

Deputy Interior Minister Dr. Israel Ben-Meir told the Knesset (Parliament) here today that 21,000 applications by Arabs to visit their families on the West Bank had been approved by the Israel authorities, but only 14,000 had exercised their opportunity to come. In introducing his ministry’s budget for the current fiscal year, Mr. Ben-Meir said 1,000 East Jerusalem-ites a month a visiting Jordan. He said applications are being processed in a “simple and rapid” procedure.