|Inspecting polished diamonds (1939) View the factory here|
After 1880, the "New Yishuv," often supported by overseas philanthropists, purchased properties throughout Palestine and established agricultural settlements and industries. The photographers from the American Colony recorded dozens of pictures of these enterprises.
|Tnuva cheese processing. Another |
picture here. (1939)
The number of agricultural communities and workers grew rapidly.... There were 82 agricultural settlements by 1936. In the same year, there were about 32,000 Jews employed in agriculture, in contrast to fewer than 4,000 in 1921.
|Textile factory (1939). Textile|
|Furniture making. Another picture|
|Beverage and bottling|
It should also be noted that the economy of the Yishuv was almost completely independent of the Arab economic sector. The monetary value of inputs from the Arab economy was only about 3 percent of all inputs....