Tel Aviv (Dec. 11)
Further Government restrictions on the number of plantations in Palestine were demanded today at the opening of the Jewish Farmer Associations’ convention by Moshe Smilansky, president.
Mr. Smilansky, a pioneer practical farmer who has long been an agricultural leader, also demanded that the Government take steps adequately to protect the country’s citrus products in the world markets. Citrus fruits constitute the principal item of export from Palestine.
Mr. Smilansky called upon the Palestine Jewish community to concentrate more on agriculture and industry.
Referring to the Jewish political situation, Mr. Smilansky declared that he sees no possibility for closer cooperation between farmers, the Vaad Leumi (the Jewish national council) and the Zionist Executive. He criticized the Revisionists and backed the Palestine-Germany transfer agreement.
Mr. Smilansky extended greetings to United States Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis on his 79th birthday, Miss Henrietta Szold, American Zionist leader on her 75th and to the Dagania Colony which is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Other speakers at the morning session of the convention voiced sharp attacks on the Palestine Government for its policy toward the Jews and criticized Mr. Smilansky’s viewpoint on the Arab question. Added facilities for the export of the orange crops were demanded. Demands were also voiced that the Government drop the proposed income tax.