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Ozet to Limit Work to Bira Bidjan and Crimea

Far-reaching changes in the future work and scope of activities of the Ozet, the society for settling the Jews on the land, are indicated in the revised text of the resolutions adopted at the closing session of the Ozet conference earlier in the week. The Ozet will henceforth limit itself to settling the Jews in Crimea and Bira Bidjan, the work in connection with the agricultural colonies adjacent to the townships being left to local bodies.

A second important change in the Ozet’s functions is that it will no longer be limited to land settlement work but will aid in the development of industries in those regions where the government has granted tracts for the settlement of the Jews.

Reports from the delegates to the conference indicate that while the condition of the Jews in the small towns is somewhat improved it is still deplorable because work in the heavy industries is available only to the sons of artisans and workers while the sons of the declassed Jews as well as those who are unwilling to leave the small towns for the industrial centers must find jobs through their own efforts, a difficult task.

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