Agudath Israel Threatened with Rift on Partition Issue

A SERIOUS SPLIT TODAY THREATENED THE WORLD CONGRESS OF THE AGUDATH ISRAEL, ORTHODOX JEWISH ORGANIZATION, ON THE ISSUE OF BRITISH PROPOSALS TO PARTITION PALESTINE AND ESTABLISH A JEWISH STATE.

A REPORT WAS AWAITED FROM THE RABBINICAL COUNCIL, WHICH WAS EXAMINING THE PROBLEM FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF HEBRAIC LAW. THE COUNCIL WAS DIVIDED, IT WAS LEARNED, BUT THE ANTI-PARTITION SENTIMENT WAS EXPECTED TO PREVAIL.

STORMY SCENES OCCURRED ON THE FLOOR WHEN YANKELEVITCH, PALESTINIAN LEADER OF THE POALE-AGUDAH, ORTHODOX WORKERS’ GROUP, ATTACKED THE AGUDATH ISRAEL EXECUTIVE FOR NEGOTIATING WITH VLADIMIR JABOTINSKY, HEAD OF THE NEW ZIONIST ORGANIZATION, FOR A UNITED FRONT TO OPPOSE PALESTINE PARTITIONING.

PROF. AKZIN, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NEW ZIONISTS, LEFT MARIENBAD LAST NIGHT AFTER LONG NEGOTIATIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE AGUDAH EXECUTIVE. IT WAS LEARNED THE AGUDAH REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE IN A JEWISH ASSEMBLY SUGGESTED BY JABOTINSKY BECAUSE OF PROPOSED WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE IN ELECTION OF DELEGATES, BUT AGREED TO A JOINT CONFERENCE WITH THE NEW ZIONIST ORGANIZATION.

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