Actions Meeting Fails to Achieve Zionist Unity
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Actions Meeting Fails to Achieve Zionist Unity

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The Actions Committee of the World Zionist Organization brought its twelve-day meeting to a close here this morning after a stormy all-night session in which the long-sought-for unity in Zionist ranks failed of accomplishment. The body likewise failed to elect a successor to the late Leo Motzkin as its presiding officer.

During the-all-night session, the committee voted down the motion of the Mizrachi, orthodox Zionist representatives, to displace the present executive body of the world organization, by a ballot of 30 to 12. The committee dropped earlier proposals to revise the Zionist Executive membership to include Mizrachi, Zionist Revisionist and opposition General Zionist representatives and decided to retain the executive’s present status quo.

Until practically the very end of the session, negotiations were conducted with the Mizrachi on the basis of concessions to them, but failed because a compromise on the Mizrachi extreme religious demands could not be reached.


With regard to the presidency of the Actions committee, it was decided that out of respect to Dr. Motzkin, his successor would not be named until a year after his death.

In its final session of the present sitting, the Actions Committee approved the attitude taken by the Zionist Executive towards the petition circulated by the Revisionist party memorializing Great Britain on Palestine immigration. The executive had announced its opposition to circulation of the petition.

The body rejected the Revisionist demand that the decision of the Executive depriving the Brith Trumpeldor, the Revisionist youth organization, collectively of their rights to immigration certificates be annulled. It stipulated that each nominee and delegate to the next world Zionist congress must prove that he has contributed to the Keren Hayesod, the Palestine Foundation Fund.


The Actions Committee approved the decision of the Executive in ordering the dissolution of the Revisionist Union, by a vote of 27 to 11, with the Mizrachi supporting the Revisionists. The vote came after the Revisionists had pressed a demand that the Executive’s action be overridden.

The decision was unit by S. Y. Jacobi, Revisionist leader, who pleaded from the floor that if the Zionist executive wishes peace, it must create the proper atmosphere by cancelling all its anti-Revisionist decisions.


The third resolution was for the assigning of 9,000 pound for the Zionist political departments in London and Jerusalem.

A series of demands to be forwarded to the Palestine government calling for the legalization of Jews now residing in Palestine who have entered the country as tourists and have adapted themselves for permanent residence in the country, were adopted by the committee. Other demands were for a reduction in the capital qualifications for artisan immigrants, removal of many limitations on tourist travels in Palestine, an increase in the number of immigration certificates to be allotted on the basis of economic capacity, and not on a political basis, that tourists should be permitted to settle in the land permanently, that the age limit for immigration certificates should be forty-five instead of thirty-five, and that formal hindrances to the admission of Jewish refugees from Russia, and especially those now in neighboring countries in danger of deportation, should be removed.


Taking up the vexatious problems of disorders within Zionist ranks in Palestine and abroad, the Actions Committee determined that provocation or violence should be severely prosecuted and that steps to be taken to punish it should include expulsion from the Zionist movement.

It was resolved to set up a compulsory arbitration system to settle disputes between employers and laborers and to create labor exchange bureaus in which labor groups and employers would be equally represented. In these bureaus work will be assigned on a rotating registration basis.

The closing hours of the session this morning were the scene of a warm debate on the Mizrachi religious demands. The Actions Committee resolved that all agreements with colonists on land owned by the Jewish Agency for Palestine or the Jewish National Fund.

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