London (Mar. 20)
The Actions Committee of the Zionist Organization in session here yesterday overwhelmingly rejected the proposal of the Zionist-Revisionists to call a Zionist Congress this year. Only five votes were recorded in favor of a special congress.
Meer Grossman, Revisionist leader, arguing in favor of a congress to be held in September of this year, also pleaded for the creation of a special Political Committee, the membership of which would contain fifty percent of the Oppositionists and would be elected with powers to act until the next Congress. He denied that such a Committee would usurp the functions of the Zionist Executive. On the contrary, he said, it would strengthen the morale of the Executive.
Dr. A. Coralnik, an American member of the Actions Committee, opposed the plan for a special congress because he felt it would serve no purpose, for “if a political contingency arose, the Actions Committee could deal with it.” Dr. Coralnik also said that political work should not be confined entirely to Great Britain, but more attention should be paid to the United States which, he though, was a very favorable field for political work. Berl Locker, a Poale Zion member from Germany, also opposed a special congress, pleading that political activity should be dominated by the realities of the situation.
Replying to Mr. Grossman’s interpolation, Dr. Arthur Ruppin, a member of the Zionist Executive, and former colonization expert for the Executive in Palestine, emphatically denied that he had minimized or reduced the problem of colonization. To prove the correctness of his denial, he read all of the evidence which the Palestine Inquiry Commission had heard in private. Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the World Zionist Organization, in reply to a number of points that had arisen during the political debate, said that “with a larger number of Jews in Palestine, the present