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Leon Blum Colony Dedicated in Palestine; French Counsel Thanks Jews

“Kfar Leon Blum,” a new labor settlement named in honor of the famous French Jewish Socialist leader, former premier Leon Blum, who is reported to be confined in a German concentration camp, was dedicated here today at ceremonies attended by representatives of the Palestine Jewish Community, the Palestine Government and the French Committee of National Liberation. The settlement was begun several months ago by a group of young Labor-Zionists, many of whom are Americans. It is located on the banks of the Jordan near where the frontiers of Palestine, Syria and Transjordan meet. The chief industries of the colonists will be farming and fishing, in nearby Lake Huleh.

In a short address, the French consul-general voiced his appreciation for the friendship extended to France by Palestine’s Jews and revealed that the pupils at the Ruhama School in Jerusalem have contributed funds to plant a grove of trees in honor of the sailors who went down with their ships when the French navy was scuttled at Toulon to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Germans. Others speakers included Robert Gottlieb, general manager of the PICA, Golda Meirson of the Histadruth and Dr. Abraham Granovsky, one of the three directors of the Jewish National Fund. In the cornerstone of the first building the settlers placed a scroll written in Hebrew describing the historic period in which they are founding their village.

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