Long Branch, N. J (Jun. 27)
Palestine was termed the only solution to the Jewish problem, at the concluding sessions of the 24th annual convention of the Order Sons of Zion here yesterday. After stating that “the post-war economic and financial conditions have caused the ruin of millions of Jews throughout the world, have made intolerance and persecution of Jews rampant in many countries and intensified the acuteness of the so-called Jewish problem”, the delegates adopted a resolution stating that “the only solution of the Jewish problem is Herzlian Zionism, that is to say, a Jewish commonwealth in the land of Israel, within its historic boundaries on both sides of the River Jordan.”
An impromptu debate was called forth between general Zionists headed by Morris Zeldin and the Revisionist group within the Order ranks, with Elias Ginsburg as spokesman, on the resolution which suggested national arbitration as a means of settling disputes between capital and labor, as well as intra-laborite friction, in Palestine. Although they defeated this resolution the delegates did go on record as requesting its delegates to the forthcoming 18th World Zionist Congress, soon to take place, “to find a way of harmonious co-operation and co-ordination between capital and labor and all Zionist factions in Palestine without favoritism to any of the groups.”
In another resolution, the delegates asserted that “the present system of immigration into Palestine is wholly inadequate and not in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Mandate over Palestine, entrusted by the League of Nations to Great Britain.” The convention, therefore, demanded “placing of the control of immigration in the hands of a properly constituted Jewish Agency, recognized by the Zionist Congress, subject to supervision of the Mandatory power.”
The convention also adopted a resolution asking “commensurate representation” from the Zionist Organization of America, of which the Order is a constituent.
By unanimous vote, the convention decided to inscribe the name of its retiring grandmaster, Isaac Allen, of New York, in the Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund. Mr. Allen declined renomination after serving three consecutive terms.
Joseph Kramer of Newark was elected grand master; Harry A. Pine, first vice-grand master; Louis Myers, second vice-grand master; Jacob Kaplan, grand secretary, and Louis Rimsky, grand treasurer.