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Zionists Decide to Send Commission to Review Economic System in Palestine

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The sending of a commission of six to examine the entire economic system employed by the Zionist agencies in Palestine and to prepare a budget to be submitted to the Fifteenth Congress of the World Zionist Organization which will be held August 30 in Basle was determined upon by the Actions Committee, the General Council of the Zionist movement, in session here.

The Commission is to proceed to Palestine immediately and will carry on its work with a view to submitting proposals to introduce changes in the system if found desirable.

Five members of the Commission will be appointed by the Zionist Executive. Two Americans, Emanuel Neumann and Samuel J. Rosensohn will be members of the Commission. Other members are Bernard Feiwel, Mr. Kasteliansky, economic advisor to the Zionist Executive in Jerusalem, Harry Sacher and Engineer Schocken.

The General Council also approved the project of securing a loan of £ 140,000, of which the amount of £ 90,000 is to be used for emergency works for the purpose of discontinuing the relief allottments. The emergency works are to be begun soon. Measures are also to be taken to alleviate the position in Tel Aviv and to improve the situation of the working men in the colonies. The Council also decided to take steps toward the creation of an Industrial Bank, to complete workingmen’s settlements in the suburbs of Palestinian cities and, in conjunction with the Vaad Leumi, the national Council of Palestine Jewry, to create obligatory general labor bureaus in which employers and employees are to be equally represented.

The Council also voted to continue to make energetic representations to the Palestine government to accelerate public works.

The question of obtaining a large Jewish national loan for Palestine was also widely discussed at the session. The General Council authorized the Zionist Executive to draft a proposal concerning this matter which is to be submitted to the forthcoming Zionist Congress. The Council also appointed a committee which was instructed to examine the position of the Hebrew Teehnicum in Haifa.

The sessions ended late Friday afternoon. In their concluding addresses Dr. Weizmann. Nahum Sokolow, and Dr. Leo Motzkin praised the spirit of cooperation which manifested itself in the deliberations of the Council. This they emphasized, was a good omen for the forthcoming Congress.

Dr. Weizmann in his address made a moving appeal to the labor groups represented at the Council for a “patient, courageous and impartial attitude” during this trying time.

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