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El Paso Couple Becomes First Immigrants to Arrive in Israel Via New Ashdod Port

August 7, 1968
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An American couple from El Paso, Texas and their three young children, landed here yesterday and won the distinction of becoming the first immigrants to arrive at Israel’s newest seaport which has hitherto handled only cargo. They are Gerard and Ann Kol, the forerunners of a group of 100 American families that plan to settle in Israel. They will spend a year at Carmiel before deciding on their place of permanent residence. Mr. Kol, an English teacher, was offered a Job on the spot by Mayor Avner Garin of Ashdod, who invited the Kols to return after their year’s training at Carmiel. The family was welcomed by port officials and officials of the Jewish Agency.

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