BASLE (Jul. 9)
After a brief session this morning at which one resolution was adopted, the Zionist Congress adjourned its plenary session until tomorrow morning in order to give the various commissions more time to complete their labors. It is expected that all committees will have their resolutions and reports ready for submission at tomorrow’s session.
In the meantime everything points to the creation of a coalition administration without Dr. Chaim Weizmann and with the Revisionists excluded. The political commission, which has been in continuous session since yesterday, when it held a joint meeting with the steering committee, is expected to adopt a compromise resolution on the issue of a Jewish majority in Palestine saying that the Congress hopes that British policy will act in accordance with the ultimate aim of Zionism for a Jewish majority in Palestine.
It appears likely that the Revisionists will vote for such a resolution but they will not join the Executive, although they may support it after it is elected. The American group headed by Judge Julian W. Mack, the Mizrachi and a great number of the General Zionists are endeavoring to break the deadlock in this direction. The Laborites have not yet definitely committed themselves as to their attitude.
Last night the Laborites received telegraphic instructions from the Jewish Labor Federation in Palestine calling on them to continue their support of Dr. Weizmann. If, however, a situation is created which makes support of Dr. Weizmann impossible the 80 Laborite delegates are then empowered to vote for a coalition administration without the Revisionists. In the meantime the Laborites have decided not to support the demand for a Jewish majority in Palestine on which the Revisionists and a number of the General Zionists insist.
The resolution proposed by the Revisionists regarding the ultimate aims of Zionism is understood to have been rejected by the political commission, thus eliminating one of the four resolutions offered on this sbject.
The colonization commission’s chief problem is the question of the consolidation of the existing colonies in Palestine, an undertaking which requires $450,000. The commission’s meeting was marked by a sharp clash between the representatives of the Jewish Labor Federation and the Orthodox Laborites. The latter alleged that the Laborites are placing obstacles in the way of the consolidation of the Orthodox Laborites’ colonies.
At this morning’s session the Congress adopted a resolution voicing regret that the Palestine government has not fulfilled its obligations concerning financial support of Jewish health institutions. The Congress also approved the efforts of the Hadassah Medical Organization to transfer the responsibility for a part of its institutions to the Jewish community and urged that these efforts be pursued further.
Dr. A. Coralnik, an American delegate, together with a number of others, today began organizing an anti-Revisionist bloc of Zionist intellectuals.