Mr. Eliezer Sailes Kadoorie, of Shanghai, China, a brother of the late Sir Ellis Kadoorie who left in his will 125,000 pounds Sterling for educational purposes in Palestine, arrived here today on his way to England, whence he will proceed to Palestine.
Mr. Kadoorie, a native of Lagdad, where his family traces its residence to the time immediately following the destruction of the Temple, is an internationally famous philanthropist. He has been decorated several times by the French government for his philanthropic activities and is maintianing hospitals in China, England, France, Constantinope and the Near East. The purpose of his present journey to Palestine is to supervise the erection of a garden city near Mount Scopus. Mr/ Kadoorie, who has many interests in the Orient, has been instrumental in securing the support of the governments of China, Japan and Siam for the Balfour Declaration.
“If the Jews of the world will regard Palestine as a place where fourteen nations have guaranteed to them a safe and legal home, I have no doubt that their effort would result in creating a type of Jew which the world will learn to admire on account of his high culture”, Mr/ Kadoorie stated to a representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Mr. Kadoorie, on his way through America, has addressed audiences of American Jews whom he has endeavored to interest in the
work on behalf of Palestine, pointing out the safety of investments. Mr. Kadoorie, whose permanent residence is in China, has been active in maintaining Jewish communal life in Shanghai and Hongkong. He has recently donated to the Jewish National Museum in Jerusalem, four huge bells which were found in a Chinese temple 3,5000 years old.
The Jewish community of Shanghai has 1,000 members. In the last few years about 500 Jewish refugees from Russia have settled in this community. One of the Russian Jewish refugees was the confidential adviser to Dr. Sun Yat Sin at one time President of China and now the leader of one of the forces fighting for supremacy in China, Mr/ Kadoorie stated.
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