Jerusalem (Jan. 6)
Labour has obtained the largest number of votes, nearly half the total, in the elections to the Palestine Jewish Assembly, securing 22,336 out of the entire country-wide poll of 48,124, and will accordingly be the strongest party in the new Assembly. The labour list obtained 46 per cent. of the total number of votes cast, compared with 43 per cent, in the 1925 elections.
The Revisionists, who will constitute the second largest Party in the Assembly, have, however, had the most striking increase, from 7 per cent. now. The Revisionist vote, as far as is known up to the present, is 5,420, but the final figures will probably add to this total (20 per cent. of the poll is over 9,000). 48,124 votes were cast altogether in the elections this year, as compared with 33,845 in the 1925 elections. Of the other parties, as far as the results are already known, the Mizrachi have polled 2,221 votes, the General Zionists 1,421, the Women’s List 1,178, the Left Poale Zion 602, and the Communists 316.
In Tel Aviv the final figures give 6,391 votes to Labour; 4,337 to the Revisionists; 568 to the Sephardim; 1,668 to the Mizrachi; 1,304 to the General Zionists; 578 to the Women’s List; 775 to the Yemenites; 239 to the Left Poale Zion; 377 to the Right Poale Zion (Borochov list), and 189 to the Communists.
In Petach Tikvah Labour polled 1,258 votes, the Revisionists 548 votes and the Mizrachi 258.
The General Zionists have managed to return five of their leading candidates, headed by Mr. M. M. Ussischkin and Mr. Mayer Dizengoff. The Women’s List has elected Miss Renrietta Szold, and there may be one or two other women elected. Not a single Communist has been elected.
The distribution of the votes cast for lists like those of the Communists and the artisans, which have failed to poll the requisite number to entitle them to representation, may have the effect of adding to the General Zionist representation.