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Varied Reaction in Palestine to New Zionist Executive; Press Comment Differs

The new Zionist executive elected yesterday by the Zionist Actions Committee received a mixed reception from the Palestine Jewish community. Varied reactions were voiced by the principal Hebrew dailies.

Mishmar, organ of the left-wing Hashomer Hatzair, predicts that the new executive will agree to participate in the London conference and will agree to the partitioning of Palestine. It terms the executive “an alliance between the Palestine Laborites and the Rightists” and says that “the Palestine Laborites have sacrificed Dr. Weizmann and progressive Zionism by surrendering to the Rightist dictators.”

Davar, organ of the Laborites, regrets the fact that Dr. Weizmann was not re-elected. It says that while the election results do not represent complete unity in the Zionist movement, the new executive has a majority of Laborites and progressive Zionists who will continue the upbuilding of Palestine in the traditions of the past.

Haboker, Conservative newspaper, asks that Dr. Abba Hillel Silver and Dr. Emanuel Neumann come to Palestine to explain the future policy of the Zionist movement. The paper expresses disappointment at the fact that the most important portfolios in the executive have been retained by Laborites.

Hatzofe, Mizrachi organ, welcomes the fact that the Actions Committee finally succeeded in breaking the deadlock and elected a Zionist leadership. However, Rabbi Meir Berlin, Mizrachi leader, publishes an article in the same paper declaring that the composition of the new executive comes as surprise to him and is not worthy of the days and nights of hard work spent at the Zionist Congress.

Hamashkif, Revisionist organ, says that the Zionist activists surrendered and that the new executive is composed of persons favoring participation in the London Conference “who will finally defy the resolution adopted by the Zionist Congress.”

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