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EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
with patience and in some respects with esteem, and I trust that in future Eoumania will not occupy such a sad page in Jewish history. I come now to Persia, You may have seen in the English newspapers the decree of the Shah affording protection, and guaranteeing civil and religious equality to all of His Majesty's subjects. This is in accordance with the promise made in 1873 upon the application of the Anglo-Jewish Association, and we must be well content to see it continued. With regard to Morocco, I do not propose to go into the Attias and Tourgeman cases about which you have read in the Jewish Chronicle. Much is to be said on both sides, and the matter has received the attention of the Conjoint Committee and especially of Sir John Simon, both in the House of Commons and out of it. It has been decided not to make further representations to our Government, because in every instance we wish to be quite certain of the rights and position of every case which we undertake to press. Much remains to be desired regarding the condition of the Jews in Morocco. There was some talk last year of holding a Conference at Madrid on the affairs of the Jews in that country. Mr. Arthur Cohen, Q.C., whose recent bereavement we all so deeply deplore, and Sir John Simon, had on behalf of the Board of Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Association asked Her Majesty's Government to bring the condition of the Jews and the disabilities under which they suffer under the notice of the Conference. With regard to the arrival of foreign Jews in Palestine, immigrants have had great impediments thrown in their way. They were only allowed to remain one month in that country. In consequence of the exertions of the Conjoint Committee this period has been extended to three months. I hat is the utmost that could be obtained, but it is certain. So much for the foreign part of our work. Now, I come to the more cheerful and more satisfactory portion. You will all agree with me that the future prosperity of the Jewish population in countries not so civilized as our own depends upon education. If we can give them the advantages of education 110 work will reflect more credit on the Association than work done in this direction. We were able last year to contribute £1,360 to schools in different parts of the East. The accounts of the progress of the schools and the number of scholars, which you will find mentioned in the report, are most encouraging. Last year Sir Philip Magnus pointed out to you the advantage of technical education. In England it is hardly necessary to do so, because the attention of the people has been drawn to the subject. The evidence given before the Sweating Committee shows us bow necessary it is for us to do all that lies in our power to promote technical education not only in England, but in all paits of the world, and the natural abilities which characterise our people, makes the outlook far from despondent. The soil is good ; it only requires to be stirred to develop it. We had hoped that the Education Fund would have reached the sum of £10,000, and when I say that until it does arrive at that sum, our exertions
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