The “Back to Land Movement” of Jews in Soviet Russia is now greatly hampered, owing to the severe opposition and even pogrom atmosphere which is prevalent among the peasants in the neighborhoods where Jewish settlements were started according to a despatch from Leningrad to the “Jewish Morning Journal” today.
This state made itself particularly apparent in Kuban, the district of the Cossack settlements. The Cossacks are indignant at the attempt of the Jews to settle on the land and term this a “Jewish invasion”, according to the despatch. The Land Settlement Commission of the Government, as a result of this, stopped sending Jewish settlers to the Kuban District.
The state of affairs in White Russia and Ukrainia is hardly better with regard to the Jewish settlement movement. In one locality in the government of Ekaterinaslav, 274 Jewish settlers from Rashkoff, Government of Podol, who went to settle there with the permission of the government, were driven away by the Ukrainian population. The “Emess”, the organ of the Yevseksia, the Jewish section of the Communist Party, which is mainly responsible for the land settlement movement, published a protest against the hostile attitude of the peasants.
The Jewish Colonization work in Crimea was stopped in view of the fact that a great number of Tartar refugees, who lately returned from Turkey, are now receiving land on which to settle.