Although final results to the election here will not be known until next Monday, the latest tabulation of all the votes received, shows that the Laborite ticket is maintaining the astounding lead gained in the election. With 16,849 votes already counted, the United Labor Party ticket, number two on the ballot, has 8,563 votes, with its nearest rival, the Mizrachi, having only only 3,564 votes. The General Zionist ticket, which was number one on the ballot, ran a close third with 3,416 votes counted. The two Revisionist groups did very badly, receiving a combined vote of only 1,306.
A total vote of 25,000 is expected to be recorded and although it is anticipated that the percentage of the Labor vote may be cut by late returns, the Labor victory remains an utter upset for the General Zionists. With some two-thirds of the total vote in, the Laborites have 8,563 votes as compared with 8,286 for all the other four groups combined. The Laborites will therefore control half of the American delegation to the World Zionist Congress.
At the Laborite headquarters, the leaders were jubilant at their unexpected victory, although the feeling was mixed with a desire to placate all the Zionist factions and to stress the constructive side of the Labor program.
SIGNIFICANCE OF ELECTIONS
In a statement to the Jewish Daily Bulletin, Meyer Brown, Laborite secretary said: “the election is of particular significance. At this moment of the triumph of reaction and Hitlerism, the organized Zionist electors voted in favor of progressive and democratic labor elements in Zionism.”
Professor Haim Fineman of the faculty of Temple University, Philadelphia, and a successful candidate on the Labor ticket, declared: “The American Zionist movement as a whole should be congratulated. At one of the gloomiest moments in Jewish history, they rose to the occasion, getting beyond mere party limitations and voted for the labor ticket in Zionism. They were not carried away by names or personalities and realized that the constructive program of the Labor Party will enable all democratic elements in Zionism to further the cause of enlarged mass colonization settlement in Palestine.
“It was the supreme need of the hour, and American Jewry will not be disappointed in the expression in the achievements and idealism of the Histadruth, and may feel assured that the labor delegation will unite with all progressive, constructive groups in Zionism to convert the coming Zionist congress into an efficient, truly constructive body.”
Goldie Meyerson, representative of the Palestinian workers, said: “We feel that the labor victory at the polls has accentuated the great responsibility that was felt by the labor movement all through its existence. We know very well that the vote received here and all through the world included numbers of votes of Zionists of other fractions, Zionists who see in the labor movement a practical, constructive force in the upbuilding of Palestine. Feeling the responsibilities of the faith expressed in our methods by the masses of Zionists, we will come to the Congress ready to unite with all those elements in Zionism who are for constructive work, and we will adopt as our sloganâ€”’deeds rather than words’.”