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Szold Heads Administrative Committee of Z. O.; Mack Elected Honorary Chairman

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pointed. The chairmen and members of these as well as the members of the other committees are to be announced later.

LONG IDENTIFIED WITH MOVEMENT

Mr. Szold, the new chairman of the Zionist Organization, has long been identified with the Zionist movement. He was a member of the Zionist Commission in Palestine in 1919, and also head of the De Lieme-Szold Reorganization Commission of 1920. It was the rejection by American Zionists of the report of this latter body that caused the rift in the Zionist Organization leadership in 1921, which was healed at the last Cleveland convention.

Prominent at the bar, Mr. Szold was the Assistant Attorney General of Porto Rico in 1915 and was assistant to Solicitor General John W. Davis between 1915 and 1919. He was president of the Palestine Cooperative Company between 1922-1925. At the present time, he is vice-president of the Palestine Economic Corporation and treasurer of the Palestine Endowment Funds.

ISSUE STATEMENT ON WISE

At the meeting of the new Administrative Committee, Judge Julian W. Mack, the newly elected honorary chairman of the Zionist Organization of America, requested information in regard to whether or not a statement given to the public press at the time of the convention, and purporting to come from the National Executive Committee, in reply to a statement theretofore issued to the Associated Press by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, had been authorized by the National Executive Committee.

Thereupon, Rabbi James G. Heller, chairman of the former National Executive Committee, stated that after Dr. Wise’s statement in regard to the Zionist Organization of America had been read at the meeting, a committee was appointed to draft a reply and to report its draft back to the meeting for action. Through a misunderstanding, without having reported back and therefore without being authorized by the National Executive Committee, this sub-committee published its report in the press. In the meantime, after further discussion in the National Executive Committee, the Executive Committee altered its original decision and determined to pass over the entire matter without comment.

The chairman of the Administrative Committee was thereupon authorized to make the foregoing statement.

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