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81% of Replaced Arab Tenants Still Carry on Cultivation

Eighty-one percent of 688 Arab tenants in the villages of the Emek, who had been replaced by Jewish colonists when the land changed hands, still carry on agricultural work in the Northern districts of Palestine, according to the results of an investigation made by the Palestine Land Development Company, and contained in the company’s annual report which is published here today.

Thirteen percent of the former Arab cultivators in the Emek now earn their livelihoods as vendors of vegetables or milk, builders or camel drivers in the towns. Of forty-one of the quondam Arab cultivators no details are available and thirty-seven have died since being replaced on the land.

These figures indicate that when the Palestine Land Development Company purchases land it is not neglecting to look after the tenants and is conducting this work with an unusual sense of responsibility. At the annual meeting of the company today all of the former directors were reelected and Dr. Werner Senator, treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, was named the company’s governor.

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