Basle (Sep. 8)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The deadlock created at the Fifteenth Zionist Congress by the insistence of the American delegation on an efficiency executive in Jerusalem continued today with only one more day of scheduled sessions.
In preparing the agenda for the Congress, the general procedure had been departed from and the first Saturday evening session set aside for the election of the Executive, in order to provide ample time for the discussion and to prevent the recurrence of the events of the Fourteenth Congress. This provision was of no avail because of the divergent views prevailing among the delegates and the insistence of the various factions.
The American proposal of a Jerusalem triumverate, supported by Dr. Weizmann, was voted down a second time at a meeting of the Committee on Committees where the formation of the Executive is the chief subject of discussion. This vote showed that Weizmann’s proposal cannot secure a majority in the Congress if it is brought for discussion at the general session. Weizmann has requested the committee to submit its own list.
Important progress was reported by the finance committee. From reports issued it appears that the committee has obtained the consent of Dr. Weizmann for the creation of a permanent, independent control office which would be authorized to review the activities of all Zionist financial institutions. Engineer Shockin was proposed as head of this office.
No headway was made by the committee on education where the views of the Orthodox and labor groups are clashing, both as to the amount to be allotted for the educational system and as to the principles underlying the system. The General Zionists hold the balance of power.
The representatives of the Mizrachi Orthodox organization in the committee have submitted a demand that the schools affiliated with the Mizrachi be given wide autonomy in the Palestine Hebrew educational system. The Mizrachi is represented on this committee by Rabbi Wolf Gold of San Francisco, Rabbi M. Magnes of New York and delegate Stawisky. A rabbinical committee was formed to outline the views of Orthodox Judaism on the educational problem in Palestine. This platform will be submitted by the Mizrachi delegates to the Congress.