London (May. 19)
The next World Zionist Congress will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland, and will open on August 27, it was announced here by the Executive of the World Zionist Congress.
The Congress will be the nineteenth held by the Zionist Organization. A manifesto issued by the Executive says that “the masses must participate in the nineteenth Zionist Congress to an extent surpassing all previous records because Zionism today is the cause of the whole Jewish people.”
SEE LABORITE MAJORITY
It is expected that the Laborites will at this Congress constitute a majority of the delegates, since the Revisionists have announced that they will boycott the Congress because of a change made in the text of the Shekel which entitles purchasers to vote for delegates to the Congress.
At the last Zionist Congress which took place two years ago in Praha and in which the Revisionists participated, the Laborites gained a majority. As a result they are now the dominating power in the World Zionist Executive.
The question whether the World Zionist Congress should be held this year was quite a problem to solve for the Zionist Executive since most of the countries where the Congress could have been held are terrorized by the Nazis. The decision to hold it in Lucerne came after the representatives of the Executive had made a thorough study in different countries of the possibilities of holding the Congress there.