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Since tlie conclusion of the Berlin Treaty, the Roumanian Legislature has deprived the Jews ot many means of gaining an honest livelihood. Frequent communications were received during the year to the effect that the baneful influence of the German anti-Semitic agitation had made itself felt amongst the less educated people of the Roumanians. Jews, who had suffered both through legislative enactments and local oppression, were therefore moved by a desire to seek a home in foreign countries.
Inquiries from various parts of Roumania were addressed to the Anglo-Jewish Association on the question whether, in the opinion of the Council, it would be advantageous to encourage Jewish emigration to Palestine. In reply to these questions the Secretary was directed to point out to the friends of intending emigrants that so long as no sufficient protection could be expected from the Turkish Government, difficulties might be encountered by persons settling in Palestine which it would be imprudent to ignore. At the same time it was suggested to the Roumanian correspondents that the promoters of the pursuit of agriculture should select a few young men of ability to receive a theoretical and practical training in agriculture, with the view of directing the labours of Jewish farmers.
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