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Disputed Jerusalem Swimming Pool for Mixed Bathing Sold to Kibbutzim

July 21, 1958
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The newly-built swimming pool in this city in which men and women will be allowed to bathe together has been sold to a group of kibbutzim affiliated with the Histadrut branch in Jerusalem, it was announced here today.

The private promoters who built the pool, which has created an international furore under the continued attacks and riots of the ultra-Orthodox members of the Neturei Karta sect, said that they sold the recreational facility because of the trouble caused them by Orthodox elements, and the repeated protest demonstrations.

The promoters are owners of two hotels in this city. In the course of the dispute, the rabbinate withdrew kashruth seals from the hotels while zealots marched up and down in front of the establishments enlisting public sympathy for their cause. The former owners of the pool expressed today their hope that with the sale of the swimming pool they will have removed doubts about their personal religious orthodoxy.

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