TEL AVIV (Dec. 23)
Agricultural workers living in the Gaza Strip and construction workers in Israel proper are manifesting concern over Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s war threats. There has been a serious delay in citrus picking in southern Israel because several thousand Gaza Strip workers do not report for work. The pickers are reluctant to leave their homes and are occupied gathering foodstuffs–mainly sugar and flour–in the event of war.
The construction workers are coming to work, but they are demanding that they be paid each day for the work they put in. Until now they received weekly salaries, but fearing that war will break out and prevent them from collecting their pay checks, the workers want to be paid daily.