NEW YORK (Sep. 21)
The Zionist Organization of America is now completing plans for “a greatly enlarged and more practical system” of sending Chalutzim from the United States to Israel, it was announced here today by Daniel Frisch, Z.O.A. president.
“The Z.O.A. is determined, in the light of the program of action recently adopted by its National Administrative Council, to engage within the very near future in an effective, intelligent and realistic effort in behalf of agricultural and technical Chalutziut in America,” Mr. Frisch said. “It is our intention to begin to register young General Zionists, young men and women willing and ready to spend time in Israel, so that they may be among the first to be settled in the Z.O.A. colonies to be established, as well as in such Israel technical institutions as need their services.”
Mr. Frisch termed “outmoded” the Hechalutz activities hitherto conducted by the General Zionists in America. “They are completely unsuited to the new situation which has arisen with the establishment of the Jewish state,” he said, adding that he expects “some resistance from those who have vested interests in the old activities which have proved a failure.”
The Plugat Aliyah, the General Zionist Chalutz movement in America, today revealed that the Z.O.A. has completely withdrawn its support from this movement and that official notification to this effect has been given by the Z.O.A. administration. In a statement issued here the Plugat Aliyah emphasized that “despite the action of the Z.O.A. administration” the movement will continue to exist.