Peres Backs Bus Fare Hike

Transport Minister Shimon Peres told the Knesset Friday that he favored a 13 percent fare increase by the Dan and Egged bus cooperatives which have asked for a 26 percent raise in fares. Peres maintained that 13 percent was sufficient to compensate the co-ops for cost increases since last Sept.

Dan serves the Tel Aviv area and Egged operates inter-city bus services. The two are planning to merge and are seeking passage of a law that would give the new combine a legal monopoly of bus traffic within Israel’s pre-June. 1967 boundaries. They also expect the government to wipe out their accumulated indebtedness to the Treasury when the merger takes place.

The oldest synagogue in North Germany, built in Celle about 1600, has been converted into a museum by the town council at a cost of DM 200,000. The museum houses many Jewish cultural artifacts and is also available as a house of worship for visitors to the near-by Bergen-Belsen concentration camp site.

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