Jerusalem (Dec. 23)
The Vaad Leumi, the Palestine Jewish National Council which is the executive body of the Jewish Constituent Assembly in Palestine, last night resolved to oppose the projected introduction of an income tax by the Palestine Government.
This brings to a head the widespread agitation against the income tax, as far as Jews are concerned, and which has been conducted by many classes of the Jewish population ever since it became known that such a tax was to be introduced.
Recently the High Commissioner, Sir Arthur Wauchope, declared that although the government had not yet decided to impose an income tax, it was, however, considering the pros and cons of the matter. The opposition to the tax has united the most diverse political sections of the Jewish population, labor, general Zionists, Mizrachi, and Revisionists.
The tax is also opposed by influential Arab bodies.
Jewish opposition is mainly based on the contentions that there is no call for it on the ground that the government is in a position to cover its budget out of present taxation, and that an income tax would tend to repel from Palestine the introduction of the Jewish capital which had hitherto saved Palestine from the effects of the depression prevalent in most other parts of the world and would thus retard the economic development of the country.