Berlin (Jul. 19)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
An imminent crisis in World Zionist leadership is seen here on the eve of the opening session of the General Council, known as the Actions Committee of the World Zionist Organization.
The majority of the members of the General Council, including Dr. Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, arrived here on the 18th. Meetings and caucuses of the various factions represented in the General Council were held several days earlier. A lively interest in the forthcoming deliberations of the Zionist body, which has the power of review between Congresses, is being displayed in various Jewish quarters.
The main interest centers in the speculation as to whether the General Council will accept or reject the recommendations of the Jewish Agency Commission submitted by Lord Melchett, Felix M. Warburg, Oscar Wassermann and Dr. Lee K. Frankel to Chaim Weizmann and Louis Marshall. Some of the recommendations of the report have evoked severe criticism in Zionist labor circles and have given strength to those elements in the Zionist movement who have consistently opposed the Jewish Agency plan. Preliminary calculation shows that twelve members of the General Council, representing the labor organizations, two radical Zionists and two Revisionists will vote for the rejection of the entire report. On the other hand, representatives of the Mizrachi and the majority of the general Zionists will advocate the adoption of the report although they will insist that the Agency Commission’s report, particularly the recommendations concerning the Jewish National Fund, the Kvutzoth and the individual contracts with the settlers, be amended.
The general prediction here is that the General Council will, at the insistence of the Zionist Executive, adopt the report stipulating that the above-mentioned changes be made. It is stated here on good authority that should a majority of the General Council vote to reject the Agency Commission report, the Zionist Executive will certainly tender its resignation. As to what will happen in this case, complete uncertainty prevails.
Congresman Sol Bloom of New York returned yesterday on the Leviathan from a trip abroad. Mr. Bloom had been appointed by President Coolidge as the American delegate to the International Copyright Conference in Rome. He also attended the International Press Exhibition in Cologne.