Polish Zionists Name Body to Deal with Election Results

A committee of five, two Zionists, two Mizrachists and one representative of the Central Committee, was appointed today by the Polish Zionist Council to deal with the situation created as a result of the recent Sejm elections. Deputy Isaac Gruenbaum, leader of the Polish Zionists, who outlined the situation, pointed out that the Jewish Parliamentary Club will not be represented in the various Sejm committees owing to its small number of deputies.

While some members of the Council suggested that the Agudist deputy be included in the Club, Deputy Gruenbaum opposed this, suggesting instead an understanding with the German deputies to make possible the election of Jewish deputies to Sejm committees. Deputy Gruenbaum said that the elections proved the need for continuing practical politics and hence the leadership must pass to the Galician Zionists.

The Council also discussed the question of Heschel Farbstein’s demand that Dr. Rosenblatt resign his Sejm seat in Farbstein’s favor in accordance with the pre-election agreement. Dr. Rosenblatt is unwilling to resign while Deputy Gruenbaum has declared in writing his willingness to resign in Farbstein’s favor on three conditions.

They are that Farbstein continue Gruenbaum’s policies in the Sejm; that if the Jewish Parliamentary Club includes the Agudist deputy, Farbstein should resign; and that the Mizrachi, of which Farbstein is a leader, should pay part of the election costs. Farbstein rejected these conditions. The Council decided that Gruenbaum should not resign because he represents the Jewish national policy, and that Rosenblatt should also not resign because he was elected from Lodz and because of his personal services and ability.

The Council also adopted a resolution voting against taking part in the negotiations of the Jewish Agency’s political commission with the British government regarding the White Paper.

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