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Keren Hayesod Drive Launched in Palestine; 16,000 Reported Unemployed

Launching a world-wide Keren Hayesod (Palestine Foundation Fund) campaign, Director Leib Jaffe declared at a press conference here that the war had imposed grave new tasks to maintain the work of the Jewish community. Mr. Jaffe announced that 30 countries, including Northern and Southern America, had already assured support of the Keren Hayesod.

Eliezer Kaplan, treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, said that the war-time needs of the Jewish Agency were £4,000,000 a year.

It is reported here that the present unemployment among Jewish workers in Palestine is between 16,000 and 20,000, but according to Miss Henrietta Szold’s estimate, the total of Jewish needy now amounts to 50,000.

There is no lack of supplies in Palestine, the J.T.A. learns, and some factories are working 24 hours a day.

In reply to an enquiry by the J.T.A. regarding the exclusion of Palestine from the British import scheme, it is stated in reliable quarters here that the marketing of citrus fruit is not regarded pessimistically, provided the Mediterranean remains open.

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