U.S. Zionists Demand “independence and Autonomy” for the Jewish National Fund

A resolution supporting the independence and autonomy of the Jewish National Fund was adopted by the Zionist Organization of America at its convention in Atlantic City. The text of the resolution, released here today by the Z.O.A., emphasizes that the autonomy enjoyed by the J.N.F. has enabled the organization “to pile up a most impressive record of achievements in land purchase, land preparation, afforestration and irrigation.”

The resolution was adopted following reports submitted at the convention by Dr. Harris J. Levine, president of the Jewish National Fund of America and Mendel N. Fisher, executive director. Dr. Levine told the delegates that the J.N.F. will build 16 villages on the 15,000 acre tract of land which is to be reclaimed from the Huleh swamps. He revealed that the J.N.F. is “carrying the brunt of the great undertaking in the Huleh swamp.” He also emphasized that the J.N.F. has now embarked on a five year program which calls for the cultivation of 50,000 farms and the building of 500 new villages with a population of 50,000 families.

Mr. Fisher reporting on the activities of the Jewish National Fund of America for the past year, said that the total income for the year was $21,000,000 of which more than two and a half million was derived from traditional collections and a sum in excess of $18,000,000 from the J.N.F’s share in the United Jewish Appeal. Mr. Fisher also revealed that the Jews of America contributed 72% of the total amount raised throughout the world through the Jewish National Fund for the acquisition and cultivation of land in the State of Israel. He compared the $21,000,000 raised this year by the J.N.F. with the $8,881,000 which was the income of the Jewish National Fund in 1908, when the Fund was organized in the United States.

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