JERUSALEM (Oct. 29)
The city of Tel Aviv will shortly introduce food rationing, it was announced today by Eliezer Perlson, vice-mayor of Tel Aviv, at the conference of Palestine mayors and council heads called by the Vead Leumi to combat the rising cost of living. A report by Chaim Ariev, secretary of the Palestine Farmers Association, disclosed that rationing has already started in some of the smaller settlements.
A demand that the government extend price control to hitherto uncontrolled commodities was made at the conference by David Hurwitz of the Economic Research Institute of the Jewish Agency. H. Frumkin, of the Histadruth, demanded outright confiscation of all stock still in the possession of Palestine merchants.
Addressing the conference on the effects of high food costs on the health conditions in Palestine, Dr. Israel Kligler of the Hebrew University, revealed that half of the Jewish school children in Palestine were undernourished and that the living standards of more than forty percent of the rural population had declined to a new low.
Meanwhile, Col. George W. Heron, Controller of Supplies for the Palestine Government, broadcast an appeal to the public to cooperate in preventing profiteering and revealed that the government was taking steps to guarantee an adequate stock of food and other essentials and to make the country as self-sufficient as possible.