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Find Bidjan Suitable Territory for Jewish Land Settlement

October 1, 1929
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Prospective Jewish settlers may expect that Bira-Bidjan, the Far Eastern region where Jewish land settlement is being sponsored by the Ozet, society for Jewish land settlement, will be turned into a well-developed country, Prof. Harris, head of the American investigation commission which went to Bira-Bidjan, declared to the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on their return to Moscow today.

“The Commission is confident of the possibilities of Bidjan, which is a vast empire in the making, having great agricultural and industrial potential wealth,” Prof. Harris stated. Admitting that there are great difficulties in the problems of drainage of the summer rains and road building, Prof. Harris declared that they can be overcome by diligent work plus modern technical methods.

Prof. Harris, who has visited Palestine, said that in his opinion Bidjan is better suited for colonization than Palestine. The commission found the local population cooperating with the Jewish settlers. They will sail for the United States next week.

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