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for such foods have been cut off
by the occupation. He said West
Bank farmers will be encouraged
to plant green vegetables, tobacco
and cotton. The changes will be-
come effective when the next
planting season starts in October.
He also noted that the Jordan-
ian government had discouraged
West Bank farmers from tobacco
growing because this conflicted
with the interests of East Bank
farmers. He added that the West
Bank farmers also had no exper-
ience in growing cotton. They will
be taken to see farms operated by
Israeli Arabs who grow cotton. Is-
raeli Arabs also will be sent to
the West Bank as instructors.
The Israeli pound is now the
only legal tender in the Gaza Strip
and in the Golan Heights in Syria.
In the West Bank both the pound
and the Jordanian dinar are legal
tender. Most West Bank shops now
carry Israeli-made consumer goods,
particularly groceries and soft
drinks. A few still have stocks of
foreign-made merchandise b u t
these are mainly such durables as
furniture and mechanical toys.
Meanwhile refugee traffic in
both directions across the Jordan
River was reported as increasing,
partly because some refugees are
going into Jordan to visit relatives
and others are going there to cash
checks which cannot be cashed in
the West Bank area because banks
have been closed in the section.
The arrangement of transit across
the river has become a routine
operation handled by professionals
Western Wall to Be Excavated
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JERUSALEM—Plans were disclosed here Tuesday for ex-
cavation of some lower tiers of the Western Wall in East Jeru-
salem. The decision to deepen the most sacred shrine of Judaism
was made at a meeting of cabinet ministers, archeologists and
architects which was held near the shrine and approved by
Israeli religious officials.
Officials said there was some evidence that the wall ex-
tends 20 tiers below the surface but that digging for the time
being would be for only a few tiers. The five lower tiers now
above ground reportedly date from the Second Temple in the
era of King Herod. Some of the lowest tiers may date back
to the First Temple, which was built by King Solomon and
razed by the Babylonians.
Violation by Egypt
of Suez Agreement
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A group of 500 Arab women,
children and elderly men caught
by the June war in the Gaza
Strip crossed the Suez Canal at
Kantara last weekend under ar-
rangements negotiated by the
International Red Cross. They
were taken across the canal into
Egypt by Egyptian ferries.
Twenty Egyptian doctors and 30
nurses remained in Gaza under
arrangements between the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency
and the Israeli military governor
for the strip.
No progress was reported mean-
while to Red Cross offers to work
out a prisoner exchange. Israel
holds some 5,000 Egyptian war
captives and Egypt holds about a
dozen servicemen. Israel has re-
quested the inclusion of civilian
prisoners in the exchange.
Sporadic firing at Israelis across
the Jordan River was reported
during the entire week.
Israeli patrols replied with coun-
No Israeli casualties were re-
ported in the exchange.
Israel's parliamentary session,
which was dominated almost en-
tirely by the May-June crisis and
war, adjourned for the summer
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TEL AVIV—Major Gen. Moshe
Dayan, Israel's defense minister,
protested Monday to the United
Nations that Egypt was violating
an Egyptian-Israeli agreement
made last week which barred
either country from using the
Suez Canal for the month of Aug-
ust. The agreement was negotiated
by Gen. Odd Bull, the :IN repre-
sentative for cease-fire affairs.
Gen. Dayan told Gen. Bull at a
meeting here that armed Egyptian
soldiers were seen last week on
ships in areas of the canal where
there are no stranded Vessels. The
agreement provided that ships of
the Suez Canal authority could
service foreign ships stranded in
the canal after Egypt sank a num-
ber of vessels during the June war
to blockade the waterway.
Israeli officials said no naval
craft are moving along the eastern
bank except on Bitter Lake. Is-
raeli officials were considering a
warning to Egypt, through Gen.
Bull, that if the Egyptians con-
tinued patrolling, Israel would fol-
Earlier, Israel announced of-
ficially that its military forces
Sunday morning blew up a house
in Nablus, on the West Bank of
the Jordan, from which several
shots had been directed at Is-
raeli border police and at an
The announcement stated that
the trajectory of the shot fired at
the jeep had been traced to the
house, and it was found that all
the shots had come from the same
building, fired by a single person.
Last week, Israel blew up a house
in the Gaza Strip after arms were
found concealed in the dwelling.
Gen. Dayan reported these ac-
tions to the meeting of the Cabinet
Sunday. He also reported about
the sporadic firing by Jordanians
on four successive days to which
Israel responded. Those shootings
took place in the area of the Da-
miya bridge over the Jordan River.
The cabinet discussed Sunday
the issue of the Arab refugees
who fled the West Bank of the
Jordan River into Jordan, follow-
ing Israel's occupation of the
river's western shores. The dis-
cussion took place after Foreign
Minister Abba Eban reported on
Tuesday night after a marathon in. The winter term of Knesset
meeting during which a dozen ur- will begin Oct. 30.
gent technical and administrative
bills were passed.
The session began in May with
Premier. Levi Eshkol's speech con-
taining a last warning to the
major powers and to the Arabs
that Israel could not remain pas-
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