3 Zionist Regions Reject While Hadassah Board Approves Brandeis-mack Memorandum

Three Zionist districts in various sections of the country, in considering the proposed memorandum on Zionist affairs recently issued by Justice Brandeis and his associates, have rejected the proposals as not meeting the present situation in American Zionism. Districts which have voted down the plan and have elected delegates to the forthcoming Zionist Convention at Cleveland, who have been instructed to vote in accordance with such resolutions, urge, however, that there should be a union of forces, but maintain that such union would not be achieved through the Brandeis Memorandum.

HADASSAH APPROVES MEMO

At the same time the National Board of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, adopted a resolution in which it declares that “a union of Zionist forces can only be attained under a leadership which will command the confidence and respect of all Zionists both within and without the Organization” and that “the plan embodied in the Brandeis-Mack memorandum affords an opportunity for securing such leadership, provided the Zionists of America will it.” token, we believe that the elimination of any active working group of Zionists will be detrimental. We are satisfied that the present administration in its negotiations and the coming convention will deal with these matters in a suitable manner, and for the best interests of all concerned.”

The Boro Park Zionist District, of which Isaac Ipp is president, at a meeting last week expressed confidence in the present administration and rejected the Brandeis memorandum in its present form. Its resolution says:

AGAINST ACCEPTANCE

“Having thoroughly studied the statement issued by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, in reply to the invitation of the Zionist Organization {SPAN}###{/SPAN} united front, we hereby place ourselves on {SPAN}###{/SPAN} against the acceptance of the proposals{SPAN}###{/SPAN} in this statement, on the ground that they are not animated by a genuine desire for a coalition of forces, and because the proposals are of such a nature as to undermine the democratic foundation of the Zionist Organization of America. Feeling, however, that the critical situation in Zionism and in Palestine demands the adherence of every loyal Zionist, we take this opportunity to urge upon Justice Brandeis a reconsideration of the attitude he has adopted toward the Zionist administration, and call upon him to lend his name and leadership to the Zionist Organization in such a way that it will strengthen and not weaken our movement.”

SELF-EFFACEMENT NOT DESIRED

Zionist District No. 39 of New York, of which Dr. Samuel Benjamin is president, at a meeting to discuss the Brandeis memorandum, expressed the hope that every effort would be made to heal the breach in American Zionism, but that the administration should not “submit to utter self-effacement as the proposal in its present form suggests.”

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