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Israel’s System of Communal Land Ownership Suggested for Tanganyika

Speaking at a meeting here of the Fourth Committee dealing with a report of the Trusteeship Council, Aryeh Eilan, Israel delegate, suggested that Israel experience in communal ownership might have some application to Tanganyika where there already exists an ancient tradition of communal tribal ownership of land.

Mr. Eilan said that while not all aspects of Israel experience would apply to Africa, it was an axiom that wherever the soil is poor but can be redeemed, such redemption is much easier through a communal effort than by individual enterprise. He stressed this was true for Israel and might apply to African land problems.

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