NEW YORK (Feb. 15)
Max Bressler, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, today issued a statement clarifying the purpose of the project under-taken last week by JNF Council of Long Island for which funds will be raised here on a five-year basis.
“The Jewish National Fund,” Mr. Bressler stated, “is responsible for land reclamation, soil improvement, afforestation and the preparation of sites for new settlements throughout Israel.” He stressed that after this preparatory work is completed, the Jewish Agency with funds from the United Jewish Appeal, moves into construct housing and provide other facilities for the new settiers.
“In many localities, the Jewish National Fund also builds access roads to the new sites to meet the communication and other requirements of the country,” Mr. Bressler explained. He emphasized that the Long Island project calls for the reclamation of 5,000 dunams of land, the afforestation of additional 3,000 dunams, and the building of 25 kilometers of approach roads.