Dayan Opposed to Use of Arab Labor in New Settlements

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said Saturday night that he was opposed to the employment of Arab labor in new settlements in the administered territories, especially in the Rafah area. He discussed the problem with the secretariates of Sadot and Netiv Haaseara, two moshavim (small holders settlements) in the Pithat Rafiah area where he visited.

Dayan noted that Bedouins have been evacuated from the Rafah area to form a buffer zone between Sinai and the Gaza Strip. If Arabs are employed in settlements in the area, this purpose will be defeated, he said. Dayan reportedly will raise the matter in the Cabinet and will seek legal means to limit the employment of Arabs in new settlements.

Two successive earth tremors, each lasting 2-3 seconds, were felt yesterday in the Beisan, Jezreel and Jordan valleys. They caused minor damage. No casualties were reported.

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