ernment, and the City of Prague.
MESSAGE FROM LASKI
A significant message from Neville Laski, joint president of the Joint Foreign Committee, Anglo-Jewish representative body, expressed the solidarity of British Jewry with Jewish aims in Palestine. Other messages were read from the Czechoslovakian Parliament, the Jewish Parliamentary Club, the Zionist Organization of Czechoslovakia and the Czechoslovakian Jewish communities.
The use of German, formerly the official language of the Zionist Congress, was conspicuously absent tonight. The opening session was concluded by the singing of “Hatikvah,” Zionist anthem.
The Congress Bulletin today carried a message from Edouard Benes, Czechoslovakian Minister for Foreign Affairs, declaring, “In this difficult moment for Jewish existence, threatening to the freedom of the Jewish people, it is significant that in accordance with the wish of the League of Nations, the Zionist Organization became representative of the future aim of Jewish national sovereignty.”
LABORITES SPURN REVISIONISTS
The refusal of the Laborite fraction to sit on the same presidium with Revisionist representatives and the desire of the General Zionists (centrists) and the Mizrachi (orthodox Zionists) that all parties be included in the presidium, led to an all-night session of the Actions Committee in the hope of effecting a compromise.
A compromise proposal that no presidium election be held and that Dr. Motzkin, chairman of the committee, preside at all sessions, was not accepted, nor was another that the Laborites, who compose 40 percent of all the delegates, alone conduct the congress. It is expected that some compromise will be worked out before tomorrow’s sessions.
The congress court this afternoon announced its decision on the complaint of Hadassah, women’s Zionist organization, which opposed the seating of 29 American delegates on the score of unauthorized election procedure changes in the voting in the United States. Holding that the Hadassah claim was justified, the court gave the organization an extra seat, increasing the American delegation to 30. Captain Abraham Tulin of New York was named to fill the extra mandate.