Ruppin, Hexter and Vilkansky Mentioned As Jewish Advisors to Development Scheme Head
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Ruppin, Hexter and Vilkansky Mentioned As Jewish Advisors to Development Scheme Head

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The official announcement that Lewih French, director of the Palestine development scheme, would have a Jewish and an Arab advisor created considerable speculation today concerning the persons who would be selected as advisors. In Jewish circles there was particular interest over who would be named as the Jewish advisor.

The three names most frequently mentioned as possible candidates for the position of Jewish advisor to Mr. French are Dr. Arthur Ruppin, Dr. Maurice Hexter and Isaac Vilkansky, all of whom are authorities on colonization problems and all three of whom dealt with Sir John Hope Simpson when he was making his investigation into problems of land settlement development and immigration.

Vilkansky, who is a director of the Jewish National Fund and director of the Jewish Agency’s experimental station, is known as one of the leading experts on Jewish and Arab farming. Dr. Ruppin, a former member of the Jewish Agency Executive, has been in charge of the colonization work here since 1921. A resident of Palestine since 1906, he is one of the outstanding authorities on colonization. Dr. Hexter, one of the American members of the new Executive of the Jewish Agency, has also taken a leading part in the colonization work during the past two years. He was one of the triumvirate in charge of the Palestine Emergency Fund.

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