Military Governor Approves 8 Applications by Jews to Settle in Hebron, 30 Leave

The Military Governor has approved eight new applications by Jews for permission to settle in the West Bank town of Hebron where a group of 80 Jews took up residence last Passover, it was learned today. About 30 of the original settlers have left and were replaced by other families, some of which do not have residence permits, it was also learned. The Jews, all Orthodox, claimed that they were going to re-establish the Jewish community in the town which has had no Jewish residents since 1936. Last week, the Cabinet rescinded an expulsion order against three of the Hebron Jews who had illegally built a kosher food stand in the center of town. The stand was subsequently torn down by soldiers. Military government sources said today that it was unnecessary because there is a kosher restaurant in Hebron owned by an Arab but supervised by the Jewish settlers.

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