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Fifteenth Zionist World Congress Opens at Basle Today

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The attitude of the American delegation to the Fifteenth Zionist Congress is the center of attention of the leaders of the various parties and factions among the 280 delegates who will assemble at Messe Hall to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Zionist movement and to formulate new plans for the Zionist work in Palestine.

The American delegation consisting of 64 delegates, having the support of 16 delegates of other English speaking countries, constitute one third of the number of delegates attending the Congress. Upon the course of action taken by this group the fate of the various proposals and policies which are fighting for supremacy within the Zionist movement will be determined.

Among the outstanding proposals which will be a matter of discussion at the Congress are the questions of changing the colonization policy in Palestine, a change in the composition of the Zionist Executive, the Jewish Agency plan and the internal reforms within the Zionist organization, particularly those advocated by the American Zionists, which are to the effect that the Zionist Congress gives up its right to determine what is called the Zionist budget and leaves this to either the General Council or the Zionist Executive. The reforms and changes will greatly affect the situation in Palestine.

Opposition to these reforms is expected to come both from the Left labor groups and the Right groups.

The fate of these proposals will depend on the combinations of the various factions within the Congress.

Great interest was called forth by the announcement to-day of the formation of a joint committee of all groups belonging to the so-called General Zionists, with the exception of the Zionist Revisionists and the Radical Zionists. The joint committee is to formulate a program and give directions to the delegates as to how to vote on the main questions which will come up before the Congress.

A special caucus of the American delegates was held Sunday. When asked by newspaper representatives, Louis Lipsky, president of the Zionist Organization of America, declared that no definite steps have yet been taken. Both the Right and the Left wings are awaiting impatiently the decision of the American delegation as to its attitude. The situation is extremely uncertain as the possibility of forming a centrum to uphold the policies of Dr. Weizmann is slight.

Well-informed American delegates, however, stated un-officially that the attitude of the American delegation will be greatly influenced by their policy with regard to the Jewish Agency. The American delegation will in all probability postpone the carrying out of the reforms which are considered necessary, believing that these reforms will culminate with the Jewish Agency plan when it will be fully consummated. This is also believed to be the attitude of Dr. Weizmann.

It is stated that leading American delegates consider the present Basle

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