16 Youths Publicly Renounce Zionism

Sixteen young Zionists published a declaration today in the Communist Yiddish daily, “Emes,” that they have left the Palestine movement to join the Communist party. They declare that they have become convinced that Zionist activities are counter-revolutionary and harmful to the Soviet state. Some of those who signed the declaration were formerly members of the Hashomer Hazair, others are former Chaluzim of the dissolved colony Tel Chai. None of them was a member of the Zionist movement before 1921. Several visited Palestine in 1927, returning to Russia in 1928.

In the group which signed the declaration are L. Sitchen, now in Baku. who was one of the leading officers of the Hashomer Hazair in Russia, and Joseph Chayim, Chaluzim leader, who visited Palestine last year. He is also living at Baku.

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