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Ben-gurion Pays Surprise Visit to London, Reportedly in Connection with Research

Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion of Israel arrived here yesterday on an unannounced visit, reportedly in connection with a research project he is engaged in . Some sources said the 82-year-old retired statesman planned to meet with Moussa Alami, a Palestinian Arab moderate with whom he has had contacts in the past, Mr. Alami is in Britain for medical treatment but there was no confirmation of reports that he would meet Mr. Ben-Gurion.

Mr. Alami, born in Jerusalem, was a leader of Palestinian Arabs during the British Mandate. He established an agricultural school for Arab refugee children near Jericho after the 1948 war which is presently functioning with both Arab and Israeli instructors. During the Premierships of Mr. Ben-Gurion and the late Moshe Sharett, Mr. Alami had contacts with them in efforts to bring about an Arab-Jewish conciliation.

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