$15,000,000 Colonization Budget Adopted

The Congress decided to raise at least $15,000,000 in the next two years to meet urgent colonization requirements, and at least $10,000,000 for the acquisition of new land in Palestine. This is to be raised through the Keren Hayesod, Zionist colonizing agency, and the Jewish National Fund, land redemption agency, respectively.

The Congress also urged the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine to assist the Jewish National Fund in its present negotiations for a huge national loan to facilitate land redemption.

At the same time the Congress adopted a budget for the Zionist Organization for 1936. The budget aggregates $1,940,000 and includes among its main items the following: $150,000 for the settlement of German Jews in Palestine, $372,500 for general colonizing work, $275,000 for the immigration department of the World Zionist Organization and $50,000 for the development of training farms for prospective young immigrant workers in the various countries of Europe.

The budget also includes $100,000 for education, $65,000 for the labor department of the organization, $60,000 for its political department and $55,000 for the administrative expenses of the World Zionist Executive. An appropriation of $105,000 is set aside for the administrative expenses of the Keren Hayesod, Zionist colonizing and fund raising agency.

The Congress also decided that no Zionist or non-Zionist may enjoy “active or passive election rights” in the council of the Jewish Agency unless he has contributed to the Keren Hayesod, Zionist members of the Agency Council were instructed to fight for the adoption of this measure at the session of the council which opens here tomorrow.

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