American Olim Win Review of Rent Grievance

Attorney General Meir Shamgar will be asked by the Housing and Absorption Ministries and the Jewish Agency to review the claim by some 1000 immigrant families from the United States that their rent had been increased contrary to their original contracts. The decision to ask for a legal review was made today at a meeting of Jewish Agency chairman Pinhas Sapir, Housing Minister Avraham Ofer and Absorption Minister Shlomo Rosen with representatives of the immigrants.

The immigrants protested the rent increases in a demonstration outside the convention hall during the Jewish Agency Assembly meeting June 17. They won the support of Mrs. Charlotte Jacobson, chairman of the American Section of the World Zionist Organization, an Assembly delegate. Moshe Rivlin, director general of the Jewish Agency, told them a solution would be sought. The immigrants, who came to Israel in the past four years, said their rents were increased despite an agreement fixing the rentals for a 12-year period.

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