Col. Kisch Declines to Be Candidate for Reelection

Col. Frederick N. Kisch, chairman of the Palestine Executive of the Jewish Agency and since 1923 a member of the World Zionist Executive, today informed the standing committee of the Zionist Congress, now in session at Basle, that he does not desire that his candidacy be proposed no matter what the Congress’ decision regarding the future policy may be.

“On both political and personal grounds it is desirable that there be a change in the representation of our movement vis a vis the Palestine government”, Colonel Kisch declared. He added that he hoped it would be possible for him to serve the Zionist cause in a private capacity.

Colonel Kisch, who has had a distinguished career in the British military and diplomatic service beginning in 1907, resigned from the British army in 1922 in order to devote himself to Zionist work in Palestine where he has made his permanent home. Elected to the Zionist Executive by the 13th Congress in 1923, he has been reelected at each biennial Congress since that date. When the enlarged Jewish Agency was created at Zurich in August 1929, he was elected a member of the Agency’s Executive.

Colonel Kisch, who is 43 years old is a nephew by marriage of Sir Herbert Samuel, first High Commissioner of Palestine.

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