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Selective Immigration System to Be Introduced for Israel

November 19, 1951
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The Jewish Agency today adopted the principle of selective immigration into Israel, except for “emergency immigration” when en-tire communities are endangered and must be evacuated.

In the future, it was decided, wherever it is possible to select immigrants for Israel, at least 80 percent of the migrants shall be under 35 years of age. In addition, the immigrants must have in their possession certificates of health issued by selection boards supervised by Israeli doctors.

Finally, the immigrants–except for professionals, skilled workers and those in possession of capital–must agree to remain in agricultural settlements for at least two years. Up to 20 percent of the total number of immigrants may enter without going to live in agricultural settlements but they must have relatives living in Israel who are able and willing to help them adjust to the Israeli economy.

Meanwhile, the Agency executive announced the appointment of Dr. Emanuel Neumann, American Zionist leader, as head of the Economic Department of the Agency’s Israel office. Mrs. Samuel Halprin will hold the same post in the New York headquarters. It was also decided that the shekel sold by the Zionist movement shall carry the text of both the Basle Program of the first World Zionist Con-Egress and the text of the resolution on the tasks of the Zionist movement which was adopted at the recent 23rd World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.

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