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Higher Tariffs Urged at Commission Hearing

Higher tariffs to protect Palestine industry and imperial preference for her products were demanded today by witnesses appearing before the British Royal Commission investigating Arab terrorism and the Government’s administration of the League of Nations mandate.

Testifying at this morning’s session, Siegried Hoofien, managing director of the Anglo-Palestine Bank, analyzed the economic structure of the country, declaring the Jewish community was built on a solid foundation.

Mr. Hoofien urged higher tariffs to protect local industry in Palestine and emphasized that development of Jewish industry makes possible a more elastic economic absorptive capacity, upon which immigration has officially been based.

Jewish activities, he declared, have resulted in increased Government revenues, permitting the Government to lower Arab agricultural taxes. He charged that Government delay in development of certain public works was not because funds wares lacking, but because of lack of faith in the future.

S. Tolkowsky, general manager of the Jaffa Citrus Exchange in Tel Aviv, concluded testimony begun yesterday with the demand that imperial preference be given Palestine products and that an open door policy be instituted. He also asked Government grants for the orange industry.

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