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Israel Expected to Requisition Land Near Kfar Etzion Despite Arabs’ Objections

Israel apparently intends to go ahead with the requisitioning of 300 acres of West Bank land near Kfar Etzion. south of Jerusalem. The requisition order was issued last month but was suspended by Premier Golda Meir after protests by Arabs who own some of the land.

Deputy Premier Yigal Allon met with five Arab leaders from nearby Hebron today and explained that the requisition was motivated by security needs only. He said that part of the land was property of the Jewish National Fund and that the 32 Arab families affected by the requisition order would be compensated in full. Mr. Allon promised that land owned by the Waqf, the Moslem court, would be exempted as would be a Moslem monument to the prophet Zacharia.