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Zionism Assailed at Marienbad Parley of Agudath Israel

THE PRESIDENT OF THE AGUDATH ISRAEL CHARGED TODAY BEFORE THE WORLD CONGRESS OF THE ORTHODOX JEWISH ORGANIZATION THAT ZIONIST “BROUGHT CONFUSION TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ROBBED THE JEWISH PEOPLE OF ITS SOUL.”

DR. JACOB ROSENHEIM, OF LONDON, TOLD THE 720 DELEGATES AND MORE THAN 2,000 SPECTATORS THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ORGANIZATION TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO WAS “A REACTION AGAINST THE ZIONIST RACIAL PRINCIPLE OF ORGANIZATION.”

THE ATTACK CAME AS A DELEGATION FROM THE NEW ZIONIST ORGANIZATION, MOST NATIONALISTIC ZIONIST GROUP, PREPARED TO SEEK COOPERATION WITH THE AGUDATH ISRAEL IN COMBATING BRITISH PLANS TO PARTITION PALESTINE AND ESTABLISH A JEWISH STATE.

PROF. AKZIN, REPRESENTING THE N.Z.O., WAS SCHEDULED TO ADDRESS THE CONGRESS POLITICAL COMMITTEE TODAY OFFERING COOPERATION ON THE BASIS OF REJECTION OF THE PARTITION PRINCIPLE AND A DEMAND THAT THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS EXTEND THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE TO INCLUDE THE AGUDAH AND THE N.Z.O.

DR. AKZIN ALSO SUGGESTED CALLING A ROUND-TABLE CONFERENCE OF JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF NEVILLE LASKI, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH JEWS.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD HERE THAT VLADIMIR JABOTINSKY, HEAD OF THE N.Z.O., WHICH BOLTED THE WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION IN 1933, WAS INVITED IN ZURICH BY ZIONISTS OPPOSING PARTITION TO RE-JOIN THE ZIONIST ORGANIZATION TO ENSURE AN ANTI-PARTITION MAJORITY AT THE NEXT ZIONIST CONGRESS. HOWEVER, HE DECLINED THE OFFER, IT WAS REPORTED.

DR. ISAAC BREUER, OF JERUSALEM, DECLARED AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE CONGRESS LAST NIGHT THAT “THE IDEAS OF THE AGUDIST MOVEMENT ARE THE IDEAS OF OUR TIME.” THE CONGRESS IS BEING HELD IN THE KURSALON.

RABBI ZIRELSOHN, OF KISHINEV, RUMANIA, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE CONGRESS. A PRESIDIUM OF 25 WAS ALSO ELECTED, INCLUDING RABBI SCHREIBER, OF BRATISLAVA, CZECHOSLOVAKIA; DR. ROSENHEIM; RABBI ELIEZER SILVER OF CINCINNATI, OHIO; RABBI LEWIN OF RZECZOW, POLAND; SENATOR JACOB TROCKENHEIM, OF WARSAW; DEPUTY DUBIN, OF RIGA, LATVIA; DEPUTY MINZBERG, OF LODZ, POLAND; RABBI MOSHE DUSHINSKY, OF JERUSALEM; RABBI HOROWITZ, OF JERUSALEM, AND H. A. GOODMAN, OF LONDON.

MANY RENOWNED ORTHODOX RABBIS WERE ON THE PLATFORM WHEN THE CONGRESS OPENED. GREETINGS WERE GIVEN BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN GOVERNMENT, THE POLISH EMBASSY, THE BRITISH EMBASSY AND THE MARIENBAD MUNICIPALITY. MESSAGES WERE SENT BY THE BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH JEWS, THE REICH REPRESENTATION OF JEWS IN GERMANY, AND THE BRITISH FOREIGN AND COLONIAL OFFICES.

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