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Zionist Political Body Split on Parity Declaration

The political subcommittee of the World Zionist Organization’s General Council split sharply today on the question of going on record in favor of Arab-Jewish parity now and in the future. A declaration for such a stand was urged upon the committee by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, and the Agency’s Jerusalem executive.

After a stormy session, the committee divided, in a test vote, 12 to 9 for parity. The minority, however, comprising representatives of the orthodox Mizrachi, Group “B” of the General Zionists and the Jewish State Party, threatened to withdraw from the committee and organize a political body of their own. Opposition to the declaration on parity was based on the contention that it was properly a question for an extraordinary Zionist Congress to decide.