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Comzet Changes Colonization Plans As Result of Revision in Jewish Ex-traders’ Status

The moderation of the status of Jewish ex-traders by last week’s decision of the Soviet Central Executive Committee has resulted in a revision of the colonization plans of the Comzet, the government department for settling the Jews on the land. The change calls for increasing the proportion of ex-traders to be colonized in 1930 from five to twenty percent.

A previous decision of the Comzet had declared that of the 1,756 prospective settlers this year in Crimea only 5 percent should be ex-traders of the so-called third category, meaning Jews able to contribute 250 roubles toward the inventory when settled. Today’s decision of the Comzet announces that this percentage will be not 5 but 20. By this act the Comzet agrees to settle even ex-traders possessing a few hundred roubles, thus contradicting fully the Jewish Communists’ policy of liquidating the ex-traders.