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Jewish National Fund Celebrates 51st Anniversary of Existence

January 12, 1953
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The 51st anniversary of the Jewish National Fund was marked at ceremonies at Habimah Hall here last night. Israel President Itzhak Ben Zvi, in an address to the assembled guests, stressed the importance of the J.N.F. and called for greater efforts to prepare land and homes for the thousands of immigrants who are expected to come to Israel.

Joseph Weitz, J.N.F. leader, emphasized that the task of the J.N.F. was to provide arable land for Israel, which it had done both in the Negev and in the mountain regions. Mr. Weitz said Israel lacks 3,000,000 cultivable dunams (750,000 acres) to feed a population of 5,000,000. Since the establishment of Israel, he said, the J.N.F. has made available 100,000 dunams for cultivation.

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