Jerusalem (Feb. 8)
Although nearly four weeks have passed since the teachers employed in the schools of the Jewish Agency in Palestine went on strike, demanding contracts for all teachers for the current year and a guarantee that they will be paid their salaries for eleven months in the year, and promissary notes for the four months’ salary due to them from last year, no settlement has yet been reached, and the Jewish Agency school system remains at a standstill, despite the urgent appeals of the parents whose children have been left without schooling.
The teachers are convinced now that it is impossible for the Jewish Agency Executive to undertake to guarantee to them the full and prompt payment of their salaries as they demand, but they are unwilling to accept this state of affairs.
Another meeting of the teachers is being held to-day at which the situation will again be considered, and it is said to be possible that a decision may at last be reached to reopen the schools in response to the urgent appeals of the parents of the school children.
The Executive of the Jewish Agency has agreed to-day to withdraw the notices of dismissal which were sent last September to all teachers employed in the Jewish Agency schools as a formal act on the expiration of the term of office of the retiring Executive prior to the Seventh Zionist Congress.