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Gen. Narkiss Predicts 50 Percent Increase in Aliyah from U.s., Canada, This Year

Declaring that he found American Jewry highly receptive to the idea of aliyah (immigration to Israel), Gen. Uzi Narkiss, director-general of the Jewish Agency’s department of immigration and absorption, reported today that he confidently expected an almost 50 percent increase in U.S. and Canadian aliyah this year.

Gen. Narkiss made this statement at a farewell luncheon given to him by the Executive of the Jewish Agency-American Section following the conclusion of a month-long visit to the U.S. during which he traveled from coast to coast. He left for Israel after the luncheon. “On the basis of my visits to 10 major American and Canadian cities and my appearances at some half-dozen campuses from Boston University to the University of California, I am confident that American aliyah this year will total some 6,000 individuals as against the 4,300 in 1968,” he said. Dr. Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the American Section, praised Gen. Narkiss for the innovations he has instituted that have improved the procedures for immigration.