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Israeli Labor Leader Says Histadrut Played Key Role in Integrating Arabs

An Israeli Arab labor leader told a Histadrut campaign meeting here that Israel’s labor movement was largely responsible for integrating Arab citizens into that country’s economy. Salim Joubran, secretary-general of the Arab department of the Israel Labor Party, said that the full rights and privileges enjoyed by Israeli Arabs came as a result of the acceptance of Arab workers as full members of Histadrut, Israel’s Labor Federation, in 1959. “Although no Government can enact a law making people love each other, an organization like Histadrut can at least permit people to understand each other, which is just as important,” Joubran said.