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Jewish Agency Executive Budgets $29,000,000 for Absorption Department Operations

February 23, 1950
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A budget of $29,000,000 for activities of the Absorption Department of the Jewish Agency for the current year has been agreed upon by the plenary session of the Jewish Agency Executive, it was announced today. The sum includes the upkeep of immigrants presently in reception camps and installation of immigrant houses.

The Israel Government’s deficit, resulting from an excess of expenditures over revenues in the first half of the current fiscal year, is $1,900,000, it was revealed today by the official statistical bulletin.

A plebiscite will be held among newly-arrived parents living in immigrant reception camps to determine the type of schools they wish their children to attend, it was revoaled last night following a lengthy meeting attended by members of the Mapai parliamentary group and the general secretariat of the labor party.

The session was called to try to work out a compromise which would satisfy the Mapai’s insistence on a single type of school in the immigrant camps, offering partial religious training in line with the type of education provided in the schools of the religious labor movement, and the Religious Bloc’s rigid demand for unrestricted religious education of all Jewish youths born in Oriental countries.

A total of 4,936 immigrants arrived in Israel during the week ending Feb. 14, it was reported today. Two thousand of the arrivals came from Poland, 450 from Rumania and 600 from various parts of North Africa.

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