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Cabinet Defers Action on Expulsion Order Against Hebron Settlers

The expulsion order against three Jewish settlers in the West Bank town of Hebron who refused to obey orders of the Military Governor, was discussed at a meeting of the ministerial committee on security affairs today in which the entire Cabinet participated. But action was deferred to a further session.

The three settlers had defied an order to tear down a kosher food stand they had built in a restricted part of the town without the required permit. They are part of a group of some 80 Orthodox Jews who squatted in Hebron after last Passover and were finally allowed to remain on condition that they stayed within the Military Governor’s compound and obeyed local ordinances. The expulsion order was to go into effect last Sunday but several ministers intervened, claiming the punishment was too severs. The matter was put off until the full Cabinet could take it up. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, who attended today’s meeting, was absent last Sunday owing to the death of his father.

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