Judge Lazansky Tells of Inquiry Court Functions in Charges Against Z. O. A.
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Judge Lazansky Tells of Inquiry Court Functions in Charges Against Z. O. A.

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Prior to the meeting yesterday of the committee of inquiry to probe the charges made by the opposition against the present Zionist administration, Judge Edward Lazansky issued the following statement:

“Before Dr. Weizmann’s departure from the United States, he addressed a letter to Judge Otto Rosalsky, Supreme Court Justice Mitchell May, Federal Judge Grover M. Moscowitz, and the undersigned, requesting us to constitute ourselves a committee to investigate the facts and make public our report and findings as to charges which were made reflecting on the integrity of the Administration of the Zionist Organization of America.

“Dr. Weizmann gave authority to us to add to the committee such other persons, as we might deem advisable. We invited Superior Court Judge Samuel Kalisch of New Jersey, and Superior Court Judge Harry M. Fisher of Chicago to become members of the committee.

“All of the persons named have agreed to act on the committee as requested by Dr. Weizmann. None of the persons named are members either of the Administration of the Zionist Organization of America or the United Palestine Appeal.

“Dr. Weizmann, in his letter to the persons he asked to serve, stated: ‘In my opinion, considerable harm may result not only to the Zionist cause but to general Jewish funds, if any impression be retained in the public mind that public moneys have been wrongfully used, and therefore I feel it my duty as president of the World Zionist Organization, and as proper, in the circumstances, to make the appointment of the committee.

“May I therefore call upon you as one who enjoys the confidence of both the Jewish and non-Jewish public, and is not a member of the American Zionist Administration, to be good enough to serve on the Committee of Enquiry, to investigate the matters referred to, and to make your decisions public as speedily as your other public duties will permit?

“‘In the event you deem it proper or advisable to co-opt any additional persons to your committee, you are at liberty to do so.”

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