Denial that he conducted oppositional propaganda against the Zionist Executive was made by Abraham Goldberg, member of the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America, to a representative of the “Jewish Morning Journal” in Berlin.
Mr. Goldberg assured the correspondent that he was loyal to the Zionist Organization and its leader, Dr. Weizmann. His articles were published in the “Juedische Rundschau”, the official organ of the Zionist Organization in Germany, which is known to be loyal to the present administration. He also characterized the rumors that he had joined the Brandeis group as ridiculous.
The correspondent of the “Jewish Morning Journal” adds that a banquet will be tendered Mr. Goldberg by prominent German Zionists in recognition of the services he has rendered the Zionist organization in Germany.
Mr. Goldberg in his denial omits to state that the “Jeudische Rundschau”, while publishing his articles, accompanied them with an introductory note in which the “Rundschau” clearly indicated that it published the articles only in recognition of Mr. Goldberg’s position and that this was not an indication of its approval or identification with his views.
His statement in no way denies the report that he had advocated an oppositional course in private meetings, which fact was the main reason for the accusation made against him that he was not loyal to the Zionist Executive. Besides, it is well known that before Mr. Goldberg left this country for Europe serious friction existed between him and the Administrative Committee. It was clearly indicated that the Committee could not see its way clear to approve or endorse the agreement he had entered into with the tobacco manufacturer, Lubliner, and he was given the alternative of either giving up this enterprise or resigning from the Administrative Committee.
It was not stated that Mr. Goldberg had joined the Brandeis group, but it was said that he propagates views which until now were those of the Brandeis group. It is also understood that before leaving America he approached members of the Brandeis element on the matter of their re-entering the Zionist Executive, but they refused to consider this proposal.
In the text of the cable of the Administrative Committee, made public a few days ago, surprise was expressed that Mr. Goldberg was engaged in any propaganda as he had undertaken his journey on the representation that he had to attend to private affairs. The Jewish Daily Bulletin has learned that while Mr. Goldberg left for a stay of only four weeks, he has been in Germany for three months and the Zionist Organization here has received no communication from him whatever.