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Land Question Agitates Arabs, Colonization Plans Under Way

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A renewed interest in the Palestine land question is noticeable in the Arab press and in Arab political circles in the country.

According to a report from Tulkerem to the Palestine paper. “Felestin,” the Arab villagers of Taibe sold to the Moslem Supreme Council an area of 4,000 dunams at the low rate of £2 per dunam. The purchase was made as a part of the Supreme Council’s campaign to obtain possession of considerable land areas to prevent their transfer to Jews. The body is thus becoming actively engaged in opposing the acquisition of land by Jews.

According to another report published in the Haita Arab paper. “An Afir,” a group of Arab immigrants in the United States contemplates the establishment in Palestine of an Arab colony. An area of 5,000 dunams is to be acquired for the purpose.

The secretary of the Transjordanian government, in an interview with Syrinn newspapermen. stated that Pinchas Ruttenberg, director of the Jordan Electric Works, will be obliged to return to the government of Transjordania at cost price all lands on the Transjordanian side of the Jordan accorded in the electric concession but found unessential to the electrification works.

Recently, officials of the Transjordanian government were charged with corruption by a member of the Assembly, who asserted that the Ruttenberg works received much more Transjordanian land than was necessary for the works.

The land will be offered for sale at public auction and in the event of no purchasers coming forward, the government will buy the land. The secretary stated that this procedure would be in accordance with the land transfer agreement.

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