Jerusalem (Jan. 14)
Announcement that Meir Dizengoff, mayor of Tel Aviv and Belgian consul in Palestine, is seriously ill was made here today.
Dizengoff, who is 74, is one of the fifteen surviving members of the old Lovers of Zion Committee of Odessa. A host of admirers and friends are eagerly inquiring about the mayor’s condition.
Known as the “father of Tel Aviv,” Dizengoff was, in 1906, leader of a group of Jaffa Jews who conceived the idea of building up the small suburb of Jaffa into the largest Jewish model city.
Dizengoff is a native of Bessarabia, formerly a province of Russia, now belonging to Rumania. He came to Palestine in 1891.
As mayor of Tel Aviv, Dizengoff obtains no profit, since all his salary is devoted to undertakings which are now financed by the town’s budget, such as the municipal orchestra and the fire brigade.
Living in Palestine for more than thirty years, Mayor Dizengoff enjoys the greatest respect and confidence of the entire community, Arabs as well as Jews. He is recognized by the Palestine government and the world at large as one of the leading Jews in the country.
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