London (Jun. 27)
The Zionist Congress will not die after the enlarged Jewish Agency starts functioning. The Congress will be unable to throw off the task of the practical work for Palestine, declared Dr. Selig Brodetsky, member of the Zionist Executive, addressing a special conference of the English Zionist Federation.
The Congress will press on the Agency the need for preparing a large program of work during the forthcoming ten years, taking into consideration political exigencies, he stated. The Executive will put before the Congress a minimum budget of three quarters of a million pounds annually.
Three things must be dealt with very quickly, Dr. Brodetsky continued; first, the creation of a land reserve; second, completion of the existing colonies; third, tackling the task in connection with Jewish labor, particularly seasonable employment of Jewish agriculturists which prevents a full year’s work.
The educational system will remain intact, parents maintaining the right to choose the type of school for their children. But the school system will be an administrative unit under the auspices of the Jewish Agency. Politically, he added, friendliness and confidence in the British government should be maintained. The further duty of the Zionists will be, while retaining freedom for the expression of views, not to interfere in a manner which would disturb the current policy of the Executive. Finally, the task of the Congress will be to deal with the position of the Zionist Organization as such.
Resolutions were adopted at the conference welcoming the decision of the Anglo-Jewish conference to participate in the Agency and also expressing unabated confidence in the inspiring leadership of Dr. Weizmann, calling upon votes in the Congress delegate elections to elect the supporters of Dr. Weizmann’s policy.