Tel Aviv Irked by Alteration of Loan Plans

The municipal council here unanimously objects to a proposal of the government to alter the plan for the allocation of the £350,000 loan from the Prudential Assurance Company. The District Commissioner had rejected the allotment of £40,000 for the new hospital and £30,000 for a municipal housing scheme, at the same time suggesting an increase of £50,000 to the £190,000 sum to be spent on drainage.

The council resolved to accept the loan only on condition that both items for housing and for the hospital be included, or, alternatively, that the government grant the necessary sum to the city for the construction of he hospital.

Resentment was expressed by representatives of all parties at what they described as the fact that government finances are apparently conducted on the basis of “income from the Jewish community and expenditure for the benefit of the Arab community,” as a result of which Arab schools were built with Government funds even in the Jewish city of Tiberias, while Tel Aviv is sorely in need of a hospital to serve a community of 180,000, including its hinterland Vice-Mayor Rokach announced that the director of the Department of the Health had recently recognized the urgent necessity for a hospital of 500 beds in this city with provision for several hundred more in the near future. Speaking in connection with what he called the need for municipal housing, Mr. Lubianker, Labor, suggested inviting the High Commissioner to visit the poorer dwellings in the city where six and seven persons are said to live in a single room. By this, he said, Sir Arthur would appreciate the need for immediate municipal action.

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