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Financial Aid to Palestine Local Units Must Clear Through Vaad Leumi, Official Holds

Grants of financial assistance to Palestine Jewry by the Government will be made exclusively through the Jewish National Council (Vaad Leumi), Robert E.H. Crosbie, District Commissioner for Lydda, has informed the Rishon-le-Zion local council, which had asked financial aid to cope with unemployment and other difficulties.

The statement is regarded as having some political importance since the local councils of Jewish villages, generally representing middle-class farmers, had refused to send representatives to the Jewish National Council, thus blocking President Pinch Rotenberg’s efforts to establish political solidarity in the Jewish community. The local councils had demanded much greater representation than was offered them.

Crosbie pointed out that a recent Government grant of £5,000 for assistance to industry and employment had been turned over to the national council for distribution. He added that future financial assistance, which would necessarily be restricted in wartime owing to curtailed grants-in-aid from the United Kingdom, would also go through this main channel.