Prague (Aug. 19)
The Eighteenth World Zionist Congress will formally open here Monday in the shadow of the German-Jewish tragedy and the need to take some action for the alleviation of the condition of thousands of German Jews by transplanting them from the Reich to Palestine.
Three hundred and thirty-two delegates, including 29 from the United States, will be entitled to vote in the Congress sessions. In addition to the delegates, thousands of interested Jews, from all parts of the world, are here to follow the deliberations. German Zionism will not be represented at the Congress.
The Zionist Laborites compose the largest fraction in the Congress, having about forty percent of the total representation. With the General and Radical Zionists, they will form a majority of the Congress.
Despite an urgent plea for peace and harmony in Zionist ranks issued by the General Zionists in the course of the preliminary conferences here, the Laborites have strongly attacked the Revisionist group, demanding their exclusion from the Congress presidium, reduction of their representation on the Actions Committee and an inquiry into activities of certain Revisionist groups.
A commission, composed of M. Ussiashkin, president of the Keren Kayemeth (Jewish National Fund); Dr. Leo Motzkin, chairman of the Actions Committee of the World Zionist Organization; Rabbi Meier Berlin, president of the World Mizrachi; Dr. S. Brodetzky, British member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine; Nahum Goldman, Radical Zionist leader, and Victor Jacobson, was appointed to investigate the set of charges which the Laborites have prepared against the Revisionists.
The decision to appoint the commission was made Friday at a meeting of the Actions Committee following the Laborites’ insistent demands.