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Committee Seeks $75,000 for Zionist Prisioners

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A committee was formed here to assist Zionists who are imprisoned or banned in Soviet Russia to leave the country and settle in Palestine.

Deputy Gruenbaum, explaining the work of the Committee to press representatives, dwelt on the hardships endured by the imprisoned and exiled Zionists in Soviet Russia. The Soviet Laws, he said, give an opportunity for these Zionists to leave Russia and go to Palestine, It was also an easy matter to obtain the necessary certificates for them from the Palestine Government, in spite of the Palestine immigration restrictions, because they are regarded as political refugees. This needs large sums of money. The Soviet foreign passport and the travelling expenses from those distant parts of the country where the exiles are kept run to a large amount.

Dr. Dabkin, the representative of the Heholuz Organization said that according to the figures in the possession of the committee there are about 500 Zionists in exile. At least $75,000 must be raised this years, he said, on behalf of the exiled Zionists in Soviet Russia.

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