Palestine Emigrants in Bira Bidjan Tell of Difficulties There

The “Davar,” the Hebrew daily which serves as the organ of the Palestine Labor Federation, has recently devoted considerable space to the lot of the Palestinians who left Palestine last summer in order to settle in Bira Bidjan, the area set apart for Jewish settlements by the Soviet Government.

The “Davar” has published excerpts from letters by some of those who have emigrated from Palestine. These tend to show that the high hopes held by the emigrants appear to have given place to keen disappointment. The “Davar” reproduces from these letters passages such as “this awful life” and descriptions which concur in describing a state of affairs in which there are “no dwellings, no food, no water, and no soap”; “there is not even time for reading a newspaper.”

The “Davar” sums up the significance of the letters that have come to its notice, with the observation that most of the emigrants regret their fatal folly of having left Palestine and ask for counsel in their difficult situation.

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