Colonization Drive Continued

Continuing the southern colonization campaign, launched yesterday with the establishment of Bet Haffa, Jews today planned to open a new colony on Sunday near Mikve Israel, south of Jaffa. The new settlement, the fifty-first since the Palestine disturbances began three years ago, will be named for Karl Netter, founder of Mikve Israel and among the creators of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, organization of French Jews. The colonists will be drawn from graduates of the Boy’s Agricultural School at Mikve Israel, which was founded by Netter in 1870 before there were any Jewish colonies in Palestine, and from the settlement’s employes.

The French coast guard has captured the steamer Prosula bearing 650 Jewish refugees, most of them from Czechoslovakia, it was reported here today. Brought into the North Leband seaport of Tripoli, the ship’s captain said he had sailed on May 25 from the port of Sulina, at the mouth of the Danube River, for Shanghai but had been forced by a shortage of food and money to make for the nearest port.

Lebanese newspapers reported that the authorities, after consulting with the highest religious authority in the country, had decided to admit a number of Jewish refugees. The newspapers demanded an official statement.

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