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Non-party Members in Histadruth Vote to Join Palestine Labor Party

A conference of nearly 1,900 delegates representing 20,633 members of the Histadruth, the Palestine Labor Federation, who are not affiliated with any of the parties represented in the Histadruth, has voted to join the Palestine Labor Party, it was announced today.

The conference called on the opposition group within the Labor Party to rejoin the party in order to strengthen the Histadruth and enable it to play a leading role in the development of the country. At present, the opposition group plans to present a separate slate in the elections to the council of the Histadruth which are to be held August 6 and 7.

At the same time, Shlome Kaplansky, one of the founders of the world Jewish Socialist movement, announced that he is resigning from the Labor Party because of the failure of the two divergent groups to settle their differences. He attacked the leaders of both groups for destroying the unity necessary “to meet the urgent tasks facing the Jewish labor movement.”

Meanwhile, representatives of the Sephardic Jews, the New Zionist Organization, the General Zionists “B,” the Jewish Agriculturists, the Jewish Landlords Association and the “Bnei Chorin” issued a statement saying that they would boycott the elections to the Assefath Hanivcharim, the Palestine Jewish Assembly, because of the refusal of the Jewish National Council to postpone the elections, slated for next month, until an agreement can be reached to amend the elections system, which they claim is responsible for the fact that there are 35 separate lists of candidates.

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