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Middle Class Parties Victorious in Tel Aviv Municipal Elections

January 3, 1929
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Ninety-two percent of those entitled to participate in the municipal elections cast their vote yesterday in Tel Aviv, the first all-Jewish city in Palestine. The middle class parties scored a victory over the laborites who were in power in the municipal government for the last three years. Meir Dizengoff, founder of the city and former mayor, is most likely to be elected head of the City Council, which consists of fifteen members.

The labor groups elected five members to the Council, the united center party 4, the association of Polish Jews 2, the houseowners group 2, the Mizrachi group 1 and the small traders group 1.

Twenty-five Arab residents of Tel Aviv, including several Moslem women, also cast their votes. The Moslem women of Tel Aviv were thus the first Moslem women in the world to exercise their right of franchise.

David Bloch, laborite mayor of Tel Aviv, whose party was defeated in the elections is now on a visit in New York for the purpose of aiding the labor organizations’ campaign for $300,000 to assist Palestine workers.

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