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Pincus Stresses Problem of Integration of Oriental Jews in Israel

January 4, 1966
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The integration of newcomers from Oriental countries is now the main problem in Israel’s absorption of immigrants, Aryeh L. Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, today told a group of 16 leading professors from British universities visiting Israel.

He noted that 90 percent of a total of 200, 000 immigrants settled in new development towns were from Oriental countries, despite continuing efforts on the part of the Agency to induce European immigrants to settle in such towns. The majority of European immigrants settling in development towns soon moves to older settlements, he explained.

He also described efforts to bridge the gap between Oriental and European new-comers in the younger generations. These, he said, included continued school of Oriental youngsters after the end of the compulsory school attendance age. He also reported on the first results of a new experiment called “comprehensive schools,” which encompass humanistic and technical branches of secondary education in the same institute in development towns. He said the experiment was being financed through the Agency’s special education fund.

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