Agency Spokesmen Ridicule Palestine “panic”; Depression Held Temporary

TALK OF A PANIC AND LARGE-SCALE EMIGRATION OF JEWS FROM PALESTINE WERE RIDICULED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY BY ELIAHU DOBKIN, HEAD OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE. MR. DOBKIN DENIED RUMORS THAT 10,000 JEWS HAD EMIGRATED.

JEWISH IMMIGRANTS IN ALL CATEGORIES TOTALLED 10,500 IN ELEVEN MONTHS OF 1937, MR. DOBKIN REVEALED. IN THE SAME PERIOD, HE SAID, 30,580 JEWISH RESIDENTS DEPARTED AND 20,000 RETURNED; 14,145 TOURISTS ENTERED AND 17,579 DEPARTED.

NEGOTIATIONS FOR DISTRIBUTION OF IMMIGRATION CERTIFICATES TO ZIONIST REVISIONISTS, MR. DOBKIN DECLARED, FAILED BECAUSE VLADIMIR JABOTINSKY, PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ZIONIST ORGANIZATION, DID NOT RATIFY CONDITIONS SET BY THE JEWISH AGENCY.

ELIEZER KAPLAN, TREASURER OF THE JEWISH AGENCY, VOICED OPTIMISM ON THE ECONOMIC POSITION. DESCRIBING THE CURRENT DEPRESSION AS TEMPORARY, HE STATED THERE WERE ONLY SEVEN TO EIGHT THOUSAND UNEMPLOYED IN THE ENTIRE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THAT THE AGENCY WAS DOING ITS UTMOST TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. MR. KAPLAN REVEALED THE AGENCY WAS PLANNING EARLY ESTABLISHMENT OF A CORPORATION FOR THE RECOVERY OF INDUSTRY.

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