Allocation of the $5,000,000 budget of the United Palestine Appeal was made public by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Chairman of the Appeal.
The $5,000,000 is allocated as follows: Keren Hayesod, $3,000,000; Jewish National Fund, $1,000,000; Hadassah, $5,000,000; Hebrew University Fund, $150,000; Mizrachi institutions in Palestine, $90,000; Junior Hadassah, $43,000; contingent fund, $217,000.
Eighty per cent of the $5,000,000 fund goes for the extension and strengthening of the various colonization and immigration activities of the Keren Hayesod and Jewish National Fund, which, in view of the great Jewish immigration of the past year and the prospects for an even larger immigration during the present year, will prepare the land for intensive colonization.
Three million dollars allotted to the Keren Hayesod will permit it to enlarge and consolidate its forty-three agricultural colonies and build a number of new rural settlements, it was declared. The Keren Hayesod will also be enabled to enlarge the Hebrew school system it maintains, now greatly overcrowded; increase its assistance to immigrants both in Europe and after they arrive in Palestine; make further loans to labor groups for cooperative workmens’ enterprises and to the General Mortgage Bank for financing the construction of additional houses; and assist further in the development of the Ruttenberg concession, at the present time supplying electric light and power to Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Tiberias.
The Jewish National Fund plans to purchase another 50,000 acres and improve it through drainage, irrigration and afforestation for colonization, the statement of the Chairman declared.
The $500,000 allotment to Hadassah will permit it to increase its facilities and extend its public health program. The Hebrew University Fund’s allocation of $150,000 will provide for the extension of the varous departments of the University already functioning, particularly those departments specializing in public health, agricultural and industrial research. The $90,000 allocated to the Mizrachi is for the extension of its schools and colonies and the $43,000 of the Junior Hadassah goes for the support of the Girls’ Orphanage, Meier Chefeye, near Zichron Jacob.