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Mrs. Dayan Tells Indians of Efforts to Improve Economy of Arab Refugees

Mrs. Ruth Dayan, wife of Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, described at a press conference here efforts being made by Israelis to improve the economy of Arab refugees in camps in Israel-held territory. Mrs. Dayan is visiting India in connection with an International Labor Organization conference on the role of handicrafts in the economy of developing countries. She said that Arab and Israeli social workers worked together in the camps and bought whatever the refugees made. She said a training course in dress-making was opened for Arab women in Jerusalem. She also described the operations of Maskit, an organization she founded to develop Israel’s handicraft industry. Mrs. Dayan said she was gratified by the hospitality shown to her in India and particularly the reception she received from the Indian Jewish community. Israel will participate in the 21st International Geographic Conference to open here during the first week of December. Three members of the Israeli delegation, Dr. Amiram Gonen, Dr. Asher Schick and Dr. Aryeh Shahar, have arrived and are presently on a study and lecture tour of various Indian cities.

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