Mizrachi Leaders Arrive for Convention; Optimistic on Conditions in Palestine

Rabbi Meier Berlin, president of the world Mizrachi Organization, and Rabbi I. L. Fishman, chairman of the Executive Committee of the same body, arrived in this country on Wednesday on the Berengaria to participate in the sessions of the American Mizrachi convention which opened yesterday in Buffalo, New York.

Both brought back an optimistic picture of conditions in Palestine. There is no sign of depression in Palestine, stated Rabbi Berlin in an interview with a representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Nor is there any indication of unemployment. It would be well if more Jews would come to Palestine; American Jews, with small capital, would find good investments in Palestine, Rabbi Berlin said. It is a pity, he commented, that more middle class Jews do not come to Palestine.

Rabbi Fishman, too, is of the opinion that the economic situation in Palestine is good. In contrast to this, however, he said, is the politically involved internal situation. The recent crisis in the Executive of the Jewish Agency was due to the fact that Emanuel Neumann and Heschel Farbstein were always over-ruled in their demands for more immigration certificates for middle class elements and a larger allotment in the budget for middle class immigration. The truce reached is only temporary and a decision will have to be reached at the next world Zionist congress, Rabbi Fishman stated.

They were accompanied by the leader of the Palestine Poale Mizrachi, Aaron Ben-Nun, who will also participate in the Buffalo Convention.

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