Dr. Wise, Back from Basle, Congress, Explains Rift; Says He Did Not Leave Z. O.

Declaring himself still a supporter of Zionism and a member of the Zionist Organization, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise returned Tuesday on the steamer Olympic from Basle where he attended the Fifteenth Zionist Congress.

Dr. Wise declined to comment upon the charges made by Steuer against the Joint Distribution Committee.

In an exclusive statement to the Jewish Daily Bulletin, Dr. Wise said:

“I cannot make too clear that there has been no break on my part with the Zionist Organization and that my intention is to continue in closest touch with the movement, as well as with the World Zionist Organization.

“It did become necessary for me to withdraw from the Political Commission as Chairman of which I served, when Dr. Weizmann declared that the adoption by the Political Commission of a certain resolution would compel him to withdraw from leadership.” To that resolution proposed by Messrs. Abraham Tulin of New York and Philip Guedalla of London, I had given my support. It aimed to create a Special Political Commission with the purpose of re-exploring the political economic bases of the movement in relation to the Mandatory Power. My own pro-British sympathies are too well known to require explanation of the notion that either the resolution or any utterance of mine at the Zionist Congress

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