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Voicing their disapproval of Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s address this morning, the Zionist Revisionists threw the Zionist Congress into an uproar at the conclusion of his speech and it required the efforts of a number of delegates to restore peace. the course of the tumult bitter remarks of a personal nature were exchanged between some of the Revisionist delegates and those supporting Dr. Weizmann.

An altercation between Georg Halpern, former managing director of the Jewish Colonial Trust and a member of the Actions Committee, and M. Bonfeld, a Revisionist delegate from Palestine, was particularly conspicuous by its unpleasantness and all but led to a personal encounter.

In the meantime thunderous applause was greeting Dr. Weizmann’s speech from the bulk of the delegates, many of whom rushed to the tribune to congratulate him. His address occupied the entire morning session which was concluded at 2 P. M. The report of the credentials committee accepted the mandates of 254 delegates of all parties, including two from Soviet Russia, who, however, do not have the voting right.

The morning session also elected a presidium headed by Leo Motzkin and consisting of the following: M. M. Ussishkin, Palestine; Judge Julian W. Mack, United States; Dr. Emil Schmorak, Galicia; Rabbi Meyer Berlin, United States; Heschel Farbstein, Poland; Dr. Selig Soskin, Palestine; Dr. Z. Tiomkin, France; Eliezer Kaplan, Palestine; Anselm Reiss, Poland; M. Silberstein, Poland, and Dr. M. D. Eder, England.

The full text of Dr. Weizmann’s speech follows.

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