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Dr. A. I. Kasteliansky, former economic adviser of the Zionist Executive in London, has arrived in Palestine to take charge of Lord Melchett’s orange planting enterprise, Palestine Plantations, Limited, in Judea. It is understood that he will also investigate the possibilities of increasing the production and export of Jaffa oranges.

It is believed that the agreement between the new company and its clients will provide safeguards against speculation in plots, and for a fair proportion of Jewish labor.

Of the 1,000 immigration certificates immediately available to the Palestine Zionist Executive for prospective settlers, of the total of 2,400 granted for the six months ending October, Poland as usual receives the lion’s share, having been apportioned 400 permits, mostly for Chalutzim. Roumania comes second with 140, while Yemen has been given 100, owing to the numerous applications in that part of Arabia. Russia’s 40 certificates will be used mainly by exiled Zionists whom the government is allowing to emigrate to Palestine, after serving various terms of banishment. Almost every other country is represented on the list.

With regard to the remaining 1,400 certificates, the Zionist Executive has been in communication with the government and it is hoped that they will all soon be available for distribution.

The Commission appointed by the Zionist institutions here to find appropriate Hebrew names for newly-established colonies, has reported its findings in the case of five settlements and quarters. Thus the laborers and craftsmen quarter near Petach Tikvah is to be called “Gat-Rimon,” the Chassidic colony near Haifa has been named “Kfar Chassidim,” the German cooperative colony of Markenhof in the Jordan Valley is to be “Kfar Gaan,” and the “labor battalion” near Jerusalem is called “Ramat-Rachael.”

The allegation that the great interest shown of late by the Moslem Supreme Council in acquiring great stretches of land – with the avowed object of preventing Jews from coming into possession of them – is due primarily to the approaching elections for the Council, is contained in the “Felestin,” leading Arab organ of Jaffa, which fears that once the elections are over, the Council will neglect to push the matter further.

The “Felestin” believes that if the present plans of the Supreme Council were carried out, it would be of the greatest importance. If the Jews could be prevented from buying land, immigration would stop and with it the rebuilding of the Jewish National home. The paper holds out but scant hope, however, since for one dunam which the Arabs will buy, the Jews

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will acquire thousands, it says. It is necessary to make a concerted effort of all Arabs, irrespective of creed, to buy up all the available land. The fanatic Moslem leaders of the Council are against cooperation with the Christian Arabs, the Jaffa newspaper says. “Our answer is,” says the “Felestin,” “if it is permissable to use the ‘Waki’ money for building hotels, and to lend orphan funds at high rates of interest, it should not be incompatible with their sense of honor to buy shares in an agricultural society, composed both of Moslem and Christian Arabs.”

The writer deplores that Nablus, the fortress of Arab nationalism, has not yet raised its quota of £4,000 for shares in the Egypt-Palestine Bank now being organized in Palestine to help Arab cultivators buy and develop land.

A notorious brigand, the head of a ring which for a long time had terrorized the northernmost part of Palestine, and whose depradations culminated a few months ago in the murder near Mettulah of a member of the Palestine Secret Service, has at last been captured. The Jewish police officer Cohen, of the Safed district, is credited with this exploit.

Chaldi-El-Hawad, to give the brigand his name, is now a prisoner at Safed, and the Mettulah police have summoned Bedouins from the Huleh area who had been victimized by this band, to testify against the leader and help trace two of his followers who are still at large.

In retaliation, it is believed, for the capture of Hawad, a government watchman of the spring of Haruheena was attacked at night recently by several armed marauders.

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