English Jews Found Palestine Settlement
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English Jews Found Palestine Settlement

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The foundation of the first Palestine settlement by English Jews was laid at Gezer, near Ramleh, in the presence of representatives of the heads of the Palestine Administration, the British Army and Jewish and Arab notables.

Herbert Bentwitch, father of the Legal Secretary and leader of the English Maccabeans, presided over the ceremony which included an address by Sir Herbert Samuel, the High Commissioner. The latter emphasised the importance of the first colonization effort in Palestine by British Jews.

A tract of valuable land, the site of the historic Bnei Brak near Jaffa, has been acquired by a group of Polish Jews for the erection of a modern Garden City.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund