for Syrian Jews to enable the Palestine immigration officials to guard the Transordan-Palestine border against Jews from Syria.
It is interesting to note that the Palestine government requested the introduction of such a passport system for Jews only, and not for Arabs. Thousands of Arabs from Syria daily cross the border into Palestine and nothing is done by the Palestine authorities to hamper this illegal immigration of Arabs. It has been estimated that from the Syrian province of Hauran alone over 35,000 Arabs entered Palestine illegally during the past year, not to speak of the Arabs from other Syrian districts.
BEN-GURION SEES 50,000 ENTERING PALESTINE
David Ben-Gurion, member of the Zionist Executive in Palestine who arrived in the United States this week, is nevertheless hopeful that despite the stricter immigration policy adopted by the government, 50,000 Jews will enter Palestine this year; one-half of this number, he believes, will come in as immigrants under the labor schedule, if the allotment of certificates under this schedule remains the same this year as last.
Mr. Ben-Gurion, who is the motive power of the Zionist movement today, arrived in America in connection with the election campaign to the next Zionist Congress which will take place in August, either in Switzerland or in Czechoslovakia. It is his ambition to unite all Zionist groups in America. He believes that the Laborites, of whom he is the leader, will comprise sixty per cent of the delegates at the next Zionist Congress. They will not, however, seek to capture the Congress, he stated. The policy of the Laborites at the next Congress will be to create a coalition executive under the presidency of a General Zionist.