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Labor Dearth Menaces Zion, Deputies Claim

The entire structure of Jewish colonization in Palestine is endangered by the grave deficiency of workers, a delegation from the Board of Jewish Deputies told the Colonial Ministry.

Reception of the delegation in the House of Commons by Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Secretary of State for Colonies, accompanied by his Parliamentary private secretary, Capt. T. H. Dugdale, and by several other permanent officials of the Colonial Ministry, was announced today by the London Colonial Office.

Isadore Salmon introduced the Jewish group, whose other members were Neville Laski, Israel Feldman and Davidor Goldsmid.

They presented a resolution passed by their Board on June 10, in which regret is expressed over the Palestine government’s decision on the last immigration schedule.

The resolution calls attention to the ever-increasing shortage of labor, which it claims already has made apparent the schedule’s inadequacy. This shortage is giving rise to deep anxiety, it declares.

HITS ENTRY POLICY

The resolution points out further that the immigration policy of the Palestine government is felt to be in accord with the needs of neither the Holy Land itself nor of the great masses of Jewish people.

It calls particular attention to those Jews who are suffering the effects of discrimination and persecution in Germany, declaring that it is of the most vital importance that the doors of Palestine be opened to the widest possible extent for persons such as these.

The board asks that the government adopt the principle of permitting immigration into Palestine to the fullest extent to which the country is capable of absorbing fresh entrants.

The deputation informed the Ministry that it is the feeling of Palestinian and world Jewry that current labor schedules are inadequate for the absorptive capacity of the country, which is therefore unable fully to exploit the economic possibilities of its natural resources.

YOUTHS SEEK ENTRY

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