Palestine Emergency Fund Body Approves $1,897,500 Relief and Reconstruction

An official statement from the London committee of the Palestine Emergency Fund announces today that it has definitely approved the expenditure of $1,897,500 for a number of items entailing constructive and emergency relief in Palestine. The statement made clear, however, that the complete reconstruction plan is not yet ready, although it has given careful consideration to the allocating of monies and is acting in constant cooperation with the New York committee on the guiding principle that all plans must deal with relief and reconstruction.

The items for which the $1,897,500 have been approved are as follows: $650,000 for reconstruction of the colonies of Kfaruria, Hulda, Beertuvia, Motza and Kalandia; $325,000 for Safed; $125,000 for the consolidation of economic position in Haifa and Jerusalem; $250,000 in connection with housing projects; $547,000 allocated for several unseparated expenditures including roads, telephone, fencing central buildings, purchase of land, credits for trade and industry and legal expenses.

The question of compensation and individual rehabilitation, which is the chief intent, and implement compensation to be given by the government was discussed but not decided on pending further negotiations with the government. The Committee is still awaiting final proposals for Hebron and expects shortly to announce a decision. Reconstruction in Safed will take the dual form of rebuilding a new commercial quarter in the old city and the construction of a new residential quarter on open ground outside the congested area. With the possible exception of the Hebronites, relief for other centers is expected to be ended by February.

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