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(The editors reserve the right to excerpt alt letters exceeding 250 words in length. All letters must bear the name and address of the writer, although not necessarily for publication.)

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

The letter to the editor by Marie Syrkin which I read in your issue of last Sunday, dealing with the Histadruth campaign in America, makes me ask the following questions:

1.— Why does the Histadruth spend funds collected in America for alleged labor colonization in Palestine when such colonization is hardly conducted because the new immigrants remain in the cities and do not wish to be absorbed in agriculture?

2.—Is it not true that the Laborites spend the money collected in America for the maintenance of their special Laborite schools, where anti-religious propaganda is conducted and for which the Jews of America would never contribute any money?

3.— Assuming that the Laborites do establish colonies for the funds which they are collecting in America, why should there be special colonies just for Socialists and why is such special colonization necessary when the Keren Hayesod, which is controlled by the Laborites, as well as the Jewish National Fund are doing this work?

It is difficult for an average American Jew like myself to understand why Mr. Rubashow insists on collecting funds in America for the Histadruth, which is a very rich organization with plenty of reserve capital. By the way, why does not Mr. Rubashow publish any figures as to how the money collected by his National Labor Committee last year was spent? I believe that every contributor to his campaign for collections would like to know in detail how the Histadruth spent in Palestine the money collected in America.

Jacob Goldman.

New Brunswick, N. J.,

Jan. 13, 1935.


To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

The sensationalism which Palcor, the Laborite news agency subsidized by the Executive of the Jewish Agency presents, is assuming real danger for Jewish interests in Palestine. It is trying to scare the Jews in the Galuth.

Why should good Zionist money be spent on distributing such news as the story that the Arab governor of Aman was attacked by bandits? Is this Jewish news? Does this help to build up a homeland? Why should an official news agency of the Executive spread such a report that Nashashibi may remain the mayor of Jerusalem, when everybody knows that Nashashibi’s claim to mayorship is a matter which the court has yet to decide?

I have been watching the controversy between the JTA and Histadruth over the establishment of the new service, and I must say that I believe that the service of the Palcor so far is detrimental to Palestine. Who needs such false news as the report spread by the Palcor that the Arabs are lodging a complaint before the Hague tribunal against the Huleh deal? Such stories only cause trouble.

I would advise the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency to look into this matter.

Joseph Siegal.

Bellefonte, Pa.,

Jan. 14, 1935.

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