Reasons which necessitated his sudden departure for Palestine as member of a special commission to achieve peace in the ranks of the Palestine Mizrachi, orthodox Zionists, were explained last night at a conference in the Pennsylvania Hotel, by Rabbi Wolf Gold, president of the American Mizrachi.
The conference unanimously adopted a resolution approving Rabbi Gold’s course of action and wishing him success in his mission. Rabbi Gold will remain in Palestine only a few weeks. He expects to return to the United States in time to participate in the annual convention of the American Mizrachi, to be held this year in Detroit.
Stressing the factionalism which has afflicted the Zionist parties since the practical work of building the Jewish National Home in Palestine began, Rabbi Gold pointed out that the Mizrachi were by no means exempt.
SPEAKS OF DISSENSION
“We were also afflicted with the contagious plague of disharmony,” Rabbi Gold said. “It began three years ago, when a group of German Mizrachi delegates, influenced by the German General Zionists, revolted against the Mizrachi world organization. They made a strong effort to organize an opposition to the Mizrachi leadership, but failed and remained passive for over two years.
“Now, however, in Palestine, Mizrachi groups dissatisfied with the course of the organization, have organized the ‘Mizrachi Avatik’ in direct opposition to the present world leadership.
“At the last Mizrachi conference in Lwow, the delegates realizing that friction in the ranks of our party must be avoided, chose Rabbi Meier Berlin, Rabbi Brodt and myself as a special commission to straighten out difficulties there and to achieve reunion in the ranks of the organization. The commission will also help to realize the Mizrachi program of achieving peace in the ranks of the Zionist movement and between all the parties.”