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Palestine Government Will Supply Standard “utility” Clothes at Fixed Prices

The population of Palestine will henceforth be able to purchase standard “utility” clothes, supplied by the Palestine Government at fixed prices, it was announced today in the Official Gazette. The clothes will be made of standard cloth in a few styles. Such wearing apparel has been available to the people of England for some time.

Other regulations governing the purchases of foodstuffs were issued today by the administration. A purchaser of sugar, flour or bread must do all his buying in one store. At the request of the consumer, a retailer will issue a “commodity linking card” for these products. The card must be presented when making all purchases and does not take the place of ration coupons which still must be surrendered for each product bought.

NEW RATION SYSTEM FOR FOOD WILL BE INTRODUCED IN PALESTINE

Sharp dietary differences among the Palestine population will result shortly in institution of a new rationing system based on points, it was learned today.

The government will soon announce a “point restriction scheme” to go into effect November 1 in order to “ensure equitable distribution” of commodities which are scarce by limiting purchases and to enable the poorer classes to buy a fair share.

The new system will be modelled on the British system except that it will cover a far larger number of food and clothing articles. Each person will be allotted 800 points monthly. Other systems of rationing are impractical in Palestine, it was explained, because one million people (Arabs) eat one diet, and a half million (Jews) eat another that is totally different. Therefore, any system of direct rationing, as of sugar, for example, must give one section of the community more than it wants and the other loss.

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