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Group Splits on Zion Policy at Conference

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tion of a common program of action and a working alliance between the two groups.

Dr. Hoffman, leader of the Latvian Revisionists, reported that since the last World Zionist Congress at Praha, forty new organizations had been established in as many countries, 151,000 members enrolled, and 40,000 dinars sold. The dinar is the annual payment obligatory upon all Revisionists.


A world petition congress to be convoked in 1936 was announced by I. Shechtman, Paris Revisionist leader, who declared that the movement would “create the Messianic spirit of our generation.” He declared that the petition movement, designed to bring Jewish grievances against Great Britain before the League of Nations, had entered into the second period and that millions of signatures had already been secured. He also declared that special petition leagues would be formed.

Shechtman read letters from Colonel Josiah Wedgwood and Lord Strabolgi, formerly Lieut. Commander Kenworthy, premising to lay the petitions before the British Parliament in due time.

Late last night at the opening session Vladimir Jabotinsky, world leader of the Revisionists, had criticized the League of Nations for approving the Saar deal between France and Germany, came out in support of the World Jewish Congress plan, and called for support of the anti-Nazi boycott.


Jabotinsky attacked the Zionist organization for having failed to utilize Palestinian prosperity in the proper fashion. He declared that a suspicion was justified as to whether the “jumble of money, buildings and men was not merely inflation and not true prosperity.

“One hundred thousand immigrants must have at least $60,000,000 a year to live on, while Palestine had taken no steps to secure its markets. Only the Huleh concession is not inflation, but the terms of the concession are a monstrous and cynical exploitation of Jewish distress and idealism.

“It is necessary to divert this idealism to the development of the Huleh concession and the Transjordan, since it is nonsense to attack speculation in Palestine as long as the regime locks up the road to a sound economic expansion.


“We Revisionists,” Jabotinsky declared, “are struggling for a new deal internally and externally, always remembering not to veer away from England, but demanding at the same time to end the legislative council plan. We are not begging alms of Great Britain, which will greatly benefit from our plan. Our way is through the moral pressure of the mass petition movement in which we must secure several million signatures by 1936.

“Internally we desire to establish free conditions for private initiative, expand Jewish development and exclude the class war from Palestine.”


Speaking of peace in the Zionist ranks, Jabotinsky declared that the first agreement had resulted in a provisional modusvivendi with obligations to introduce national arbitration.

“Final results,” he said, “can only be achieved at a round table conference of all the Zionist groups, which may produce a coalition executive on the basis of equal partnership. We do not recognize the Eighteenth World Zionist Congress because the Praha concepts of discipline are unacceptable.

“If there is a coalition we will not rake up petty incidents. We have shown a strong Zionist patriotism. It is not that we are better, but that our Zionism is the Herzlian truth,” the Revisionist leader concluded.

Warder Cresson, born a Philadelphia Quaker, embraced Judaism and devoutly followed the Sephardic ritual in Jerusalem, where he died in 1860.

Count Heinrich von Coudenhove, born in Vienna in 1859, predicted one universal religion combining Judaism, Christianity and Mohammedanism.

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