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Pinchas Ruttenberg, Noted Engineer, First Citizen of New Palestine

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Pinchas Ruttenberg, originator of the engineering project for the electrification and irrigration of Palestine, is the first of the returning Jews to acquire citizenship in Palestine under the recently promulgated Palestine nationality law.

The citizenship papers granted to him yesterday made him the first nationalized Palestinian citizen since the ratification of the mandate by the League of Nations, containing the clause for the establishment of the Jewish National Home in Palestine. Many prominent Jews were eager to attain the privilege of being the first Palestinian citizen under the new law.

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