New Rift Looms in Palestine Labor Ranks

An old breach in the ranks of the Palestine labor movement along religious lines, thought healed last year by the World Zionist Congress, gave signs today of reopening at the international convention of the Agudath Israel, world orthodox Jewish organization.

Informing the delegates of a decision by the Poel Mizrachi, orthodox labor Zionist group, to denounce the peace agreement reached between the orthodox and majority forces in the Palestine Labor Federation, Isaac Breuer, president of the Poel Aguda, labor unit of the Agudath Israel, told the convention that the Poel Mizrachi had proposed an alliance with the Poel Aguda.

The purpose of the proposed alliance, he said, was to break the majority power in the Palestine Labor Federation. The two orthodox labor groups would unite on a fifty-fifty principle, the Agudath Israel and the rabbinate being left to decide on all religious questions affecting labor.

By the peace agreement, reached last year at Lucerne, the Histadruth (Palestine Labor Federation) undertook to observe kosher regulations and the Sabbath on Jewish national property.

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