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Palestine Government Allows 3,000 Jews to Enter Country by End of 1943

With more than 31,000 Jews still entitled to enter Palestine within the next five months under the terms of the White Paper, the Palestine Government today granted 1,350 immigration visas under the immigration schedule for the three months ending Dec. 31, which will allow 3,000 Jews to enter.

At a conference of Jewish engineers and architects held in Tel Aviv today to discuss post-war housing problems, it was revealed that 25,000 additional Jewish workers will be needed to erect the housing projects planned by Jewish organizations. The financing of the projects has already been “successfully discussed by financial experts,” it was disclosed. It was estimated that the Jews in Palestine need 100,000 more rooms and it was suggested that contact be established with Russia in order that necessary building materials may be imported from there.

Addressing the conference, Eliezer Kaplan, a member of the executive of the Jewish Agency, who is himself an engineer, pointed out that Palestine is now in the transition period between war and peace. Jewish industry in Palestine, he said, is now being systematically reduced. Care must be taken, therefore, to secure employment for dismissed workers. The Jewish Agency, he reported, has established a special committee to centralize all efforts in this direction in order to prove to the world Palestine’s unlimited capacity for absorbing new arrivals.

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