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Lehman Fears British Policy May Retard Jewish Palestine Work

Fear that the work of upbuilding and reconstruction in Palestine will be greatly retarded because of the declaration by the British government of its future policy in Palestine was expressed here today by Lt. Gov. Herbert H. Lehman, a member of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency.

Mr. Lehman, who is making a campaign tour of the state, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here today that he was “deeply disturbed and grievously disappointed at the declaration by the British government of its future policy in Palestine. I had looked forward to further comprehensive and successful efforts towards making Palestine a great cultural and spiritual center, to the redeeming of waste spaces and making them fertile again, to developing industry and agriculture, to reforestation, to further successful elimination of disease and to the building up of factories and workshops.

“This program, to which the Jews of the world have eagerly looked forward and which was of incalculable benefit to all of those who live in Palestine, Mohammedan, Christian and Jew alike, will, I am afraid, be greatly retarded.”

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