TEL AVIV (Feb. 14)
First results in the country-wide Histadrut elections held here yesterday were announced today, Mapai was reported leading with 50 percent, Mapem had 30 percent, the Communists, four percent, Mapai candidates registered a seven-to-nine percent increase over previous elections in industrial areas.
It became known today that before the elections anti-Zionist Communists asked the Histadrut to remove the name of "pro-Zionist Communist" candidates from the Histadrut. The split in the ranks of the Communists party in Israel is now at its ##dest, The anti-Zionist faction now charges that the "pro-ZionistCommunists" have ?de contact with elements of the Stem Group.
(The United Press reported from Tel Aviv today that the Israeli Communist Party has purged nine members of its 25-man central committee, including ELiezer Preminger, who was elected on the Communist ticket to the Israeli Constituent Assembly, on charges that they plotted with Sternists to undermine the party.)