JERUSALEM (Jan. 15)
The selection of 100 Vietnamese refugees that Israel has agreed to admit will be made in Manila by the representatives of various international refugee aid organizations in cooperation with the Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, Moshe Raviv, it was announced yesterday. The inter ministerial committee in charge of the project said the refugees will arrive here next week.
They will be selected from among more than 1000 homeless Vietnamese who have been stranded for weeks aboard a ship in Manila Boy. Raviv has visited the refugees and is in close touch with the international organizations assisting them, the committee reported. They are expected to leave Manila next Tuesday for Athens from where a special plane will bring them to Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday. The plane will carry a medical team to attend any refugees who may be sick or feeble after their ordeal.
A spokesman for the inter-ministerial committee said preparations have been completed for their reception and absorption in Israel. “All we have to do now is wait for them to come,” he said