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Mizrachi Adopts Elections Platform

An orthodox Jewish Palestine on both sides of the Jordan with protection for Jewish labor and immigration controlled by the Jewish Agency was demanded in a twenty-three-point platform adopted by the Mizrachi Organization of America at the Hotel Pennsylvania yesterday in preparation for elections for the forthcoming Zionist Congress.

The program stressed public enforcement of orthodox kashruth laws and Sabbath observance as well as an orthodox Jewish system of public education in Palestine.

In regard to labor, the Mizrachi organization proposed to bar from the Zionist organization all employers who do not employ Jewish labor exclusively. A system of arbitration of labor disputes was suggested whereby a committee representing labor and capital equally with an impartial chairman would make an award. If the employer did not abide by the decision, a strike would be declared justified. The implication was that if labor did not accept the decision a lockout would also be justified.

Labor organizations were asked to try to keep their members working on the land as much as feasible. Jewish National Fund aid in settling members of Poale Mizrachi, orthodox labor group, on land was also demanded.

Of the entire automobile industry’s production gain of 552,780 cars and trucks in 1934 over the previous year, Ford V-8 cars and trucks accounted for approximately 56 per cent, or 285,268 units, by far the largest actual unit gain in the industry.

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