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Canadian Zionist Convention Closes; Schwisberg Elected President, Gelber Co-president

Samuel E. Schwisberg, of this city, was elected president of the Zionist Organization of Canada at the closing session of the 30th annual convention of the organization last night. He promptly suggested that his opponent, E.E. Gelber, of Toronto, be named co-president, a suggestion that was unanimously approved by the 1,000 delegates attending the parley.

Canadian Finance Minister Douglas Abbott, addressing the convention’s final session, declared: “We in Canada have watched with great interest the development of Israel and have extended such support as we could to the emergence of that state as it assumed the responsibilities of helping to maintain international peace and security.” Meyer Weisgal, executive chairman of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, called for a “combination of the content and merit of classical Zionism with the needs of the state of Israel.”