Cessation of Army Orders in Palestine Threatens Country with Economic Depression

The opening of the Mediterranean, permitting transportation of supplies from England to Palestine, has resulted in less army orders for Palestine industry and threatens the Jews in Palestine with economic depression and with unemployment, a Jewish delegation informed the Palestine High Commissioner today.

The delegation, representing the Palestine Industrial Association, asked the Palestine Government to take steps to open new markets in neighboring countries for Palestine goods. At the same time the Histadruth, the Palestine Federation of Labor, opened its 50th semi-annual convention tonight, at which it will discuss, among other things, the threatened economic crisis in the country and how organized Jewish labor can prepare to meet it.

An advisory committee composed of persons named by the Jewish National Council and by the Jewish Agency is now being organized in connection with the decision adopted this week by the Zionist Actions Committee not to cooperate with the Palestine Government in its post-war reconstruction plan as long as it is based on the policy of the White Paper under which Jewish immigration to Palestine is to be halted next year. The Jewish Agency will have the final word in deciding the tactics of non-cooperation.

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