Agency Hails Relief Action As Step Toward Economic Revival

The Jewish Agency for Palestine today hailed the Government allocation of L750,000 for relief purposes as an important step toward alleviation of prevailing distress and revival of the country’s economic life.

The Agency, in a statement, expressed the hope that the action would be followed by extension of Government assistance to normal branches of economic activity.Regret was voiced at the absence of assistance to the citrus industry and the failure to mention reduction of United Kingdom import duties on Palestine products.

Jewish and Arab newspapers featured news of the allocation, announced on Wednesday by High Commissioner Sir Harold Alfred MacMichael, with the biggest headlines since the declaration of war. The Hebrew papers Haboker and Hamashkif said editorially that it had reestablished good relations between the populace and the Government.

David Remez, secretary of Histadruth, predicted that the allocation, together with unified efforts of the Palestine Jewish community itself, could provide three to four days work weekly for the unemployed. In a statement to the J.T.A. he said that the Histadruth advocated a relief program of intensified colonization, for which negotiations were being conducted with Jewish institutions. He expressed regret at the omission of aid to the citrus growers.

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