ZOA Alters Basic Structure, Using W Z O System As Model

Charles A. Cowen, Abraham Goldberg, Rabbi Israel I. Goldstein, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Dr. Samuel Margoshes, Leo Wolfson, and Louis P. Rocker.

An administrative committee of outstanding American Zionist leaders was also elected. Dr. A. G. Rongy of New York City was made chairman of the National Council of the Zionist Organization of America.

Resolutions were adopted as follows:

1. For the establishment of a Joint Zionist Consultative Council. This Council is to be composed of representatives of all organizations in the United States engaged in any phase of activity in behalf of the Jewish National Home.

2. The plan for the establishment of a Legislative Council in Palestine was condemned in a resolution which declared that the inauguration of such a council would be contrary to the provisions of the Mandate.

3. The allocation of a larger number of immigration certificates to Americans desiring to settle in Palestine as laborers was demanded. An appeal to this effect will be directed to the Jewish Agency.

4. The convention warned against the danger of special party interests reducing the World Zionist Congress to a state of impotenec by seeking to undermine its authority in advocating the organization of a rival congress. A resolution adopted to this effect vigorously upholds the discipline of the World Zionist Congress.

A stormy discussion was provoked by a resolution asking the Z.O.A. to condemn the barter agreement between Palestine and Germany. A compromise resolution suggested by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver was finally adopted, reiterating the boycott of German goods and instructing the American delegates to the Zionist Congress to look into the growing trade between Palestine and Germany and to take steps at the Zionist Congress to remedy the situation.

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