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Jewish Delegation Enroute to Ottawa to Plead for Lifting of Duty on Palestine Oranges

A Jewish delegation left London for Ottawa yesterday in an effort to persuade the conference there to abolish the duty imposed by England on Palestine orange imports.

The delegation which includes Isak Rokach of the Pardess Company; A. Goldwater, manager of the Palestine Economic Corporation, and Harry Viteles,, manager of the Central Bank, were tendered a reception by the Palestine Economic Board before their departure.

Sir Robert Waley Cohen presided at the reception. Speakers revealed that of 150,000 dunams of orange groves in Palestine at least one-half belong to Jews. The annual exports, it was said, are in the amount of 3,500,000 boxes of oranges. Ten thousand persons are offered employment for at least six months every year in the orange industry.

England is at present the largest consumer of Palestine oranges. Germany, it was pointed out, while importing no oranges from Palestine several years ago, consumed 650,000 boxes of Palestine oranges last year.

This indicates, the speakers said, that the markets for Palestine oranges have not been fully exploited as yet.