Jewish Agency Calls Upon Zionist Groups in U.S. to Give “absolute Priority” to U.J.A.

All Zionist organizations and groups in the United States were called upon today by the Jewish Agency executive here “to give to the United Jewish Appeal absolute priority, cooperation and assistance in its campaign in behalf of Israel.”

The call was issued by Berl Locker, chairman of the Agency executive, who emphasized that the statement was being issued “in order to clarify some misunderstandings which have arisen in connection with the conference on multiple campaigns” which took place in Israel last July.

“The United Jewish Appeal is the principal instrument for fund-raising efforts for Israel in the United States,” Mr. Locker said, “and is entitled to receive maximum cooperation and assistance from every Zionist organization and must have preference before any other campaign both in terms of timing and techniques used.”

In citing the Hadassah and Gewerkschaften campaigns, Mr. Locker stated that these campaigns have received the approval of the World Zionist Congress. “For many years they have done, and are doing, important work in their respective fields. They have decided to continue their campaigns, recognizing the priority of the United Jewish Appeal with regard to timing and techniques,” the statement emphasized.

“All other campaigns claiming to assist in the work of development and expansion in Israel are subject to such rules and regulations as will from time to time be promulgated by the special committee on control and authorization of campaigns,” Mr. Locker declared. Details of the establishment of this special committee will be announced shortly.

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