Hyde Park Hotel, Knightsbridge,
We are all arrived here without mishaps – although we nearly lost several pieces of baggage en route from
On the way Frankfurter, professor of Law at Harvard, told us at length of the meeting between L.D.B. and Mr. B. which took place the day before. From it all it appears that the latter is very much dissatisfied with things in
Among other things he has given assurances that men favorably inclined to Zionism will shortly be sent to replace the present authorities.
If we will not return before the end of the month I am going to make an effort to get into
Dr. Ungar, the Azmu dentist who left 9 days before we did from
Dr. F. has just called me to a meeting. Little Mrs. Fels is here.
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Present Labor Situation (1919)
There are about 60,000 Jews roughly estimated to be in
Today, with the exception of agricultural pursuits such as dairy products, wines & liqueurs, cereals and fruits, there is no demand for skilled labor for industrial use. Arab labor may be had in abundance and such labor is cheaper. The few small industries which flourish here and there are conducted along such primitive and unmodern economic lines that Arabs are entirely satisfactory. When roads are built the rock is crushed by hand. There are hundreds of Jews in
Tens of thousands of emigrants are growing impatient at the long delay on the part of the Zionist Commission in allowing them to come in. Thousands are waiting to come in and invest their entire capital in some congenial enterprise. Modern development, up to date trains, up to the minute methods, the latest models in mechanical devices are needed. Men – sound progressive business men must settle here and gather about them organizations capable of supplying work on a large scale and producing for the ever hungry markets here and in
Building material experts and manufacturers. For five years there has been no building at all. Materials were bought, though prices mounted two and three and even five hundred percent, until no more could be obtained. And with these materials houses were built and paid for. Today there is a growing urgent demand for houses – and few materials have as yet reached
The cement industry has never been attempted tho samples of the necessary ingredients obtainable here have several times been submitted to reliable chemists in
Likewise the red tile used so extensively here for roofing is all imported from
Lumbar and iron are scarce in
Veg. a large variety of egg plants, radishes, beets, potatoes, squash, onions, almonds.
Cereals rich quality of wheat, barley, sesame, lentils and good animal fodder.
Experiments cotton and tobacco most successful.
Fruits grapes, raisins, oranges, grapefruits, olives, figs, dates.
Exper. bananas and pineapples.
Mineral oil, chemicals, salt, bldg. stone (unlimited)
Animals goats, donkeys, camels, horses, cattle.
The vegetables are good, sound products. The cereals are rich and in great demand in
This country’s hidden mineral resources are undoubtedly enormous. Already the Standard Oil Company has seen fit to make large purchases in the region of the
Domestic animals consist mainly of goats, donkeys and camels. The army possesses most of the horses, and the cows were nearly all taken off or killed by the retreating Turks.
Since the war the roads and railways have been somewhat improved first by the Turks and then by the British. Today the road from
Until the war the