New Jewish Colonies Established in Palestine over Week-end Despite Tension
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New Jewish Colonies Established in Palestine over Week-end Despite Tension

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While anti-Zionist riots continued in Egypt, the Jews of Palestine announced their determination to continue the upbuilding of the country by founding four new settlements today on Jewish National Fund land. Eleven more colonies will be established within the next few weeks.

One of the four settlements, named Udeissa, is situated on the Palestine-Lebarase frontier and will house sixty families of Jewish war veterans. Another, Hima el Talid, is on the Syrian Frontier, in the Galilee district, where the Jewish National Fund acquired 4,000 dunams of land from Syrian land-owners. The third, called Peretz, was erected opposite the Arab village of Kaku, and the fourth settlement, Geulim, was established near the Arab township of Tulkarem.

Many Arab guests from the neighborhood attended the ceremonies at the establishment of the Udcissa and the Hiam-el-Valid colonies. The first was renamed in Hebrew "Misgav" and the second will bear the Hebrew name "Lehavoth Habashan". Twenty-five Jewish partisans from Greece and a number of Jews who-survived at the Oswiecim and Dacheu camps participated in the establishment of the two settlements.

Another new Jewish colony was founded during the week-end by the Mizrachi laborites in the Hebron Hills overlooking the Mediterrangean. This settlement was named Lesscut Itzhak, in honor of Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog, who was the principal speaker at the dedication. He expressed his thanks and the hope that Jewish colonization in Palestine will develop on the principles of religion and labor.

The corner stone was laid today for a Jewish orphan’s village in the American-established settlement of Raanane. The village will be built with funds from the American Lizrachi Women’s Organization. It occupies 300 dunams of land belonging to the Jewish National Fund and will accommodate 100 children.

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