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Last Minute News Jewish Agency Decides to Postpone Holding of World Zionist Congress Till May 1951

The Jewish Agency executive today decided to postpone the forthcoming World Zionist Congress from December 1, 1950, to the end of May, 1951. Before that time, the executive decided, a “Congress of American Zionists” should be held in the United States and some 2,000 to 3,000 American Zionist loaders should be invited to it. The vote was seven to three.

The proposal to postpone the World Zionist Congress was made by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Agency executive in the United States, in behalf of all Zionist groups in America. Dr. Goldmann stressed that the Zionist leaders are unable to leave the U.S. when the United Jewish Appeal starts.

S.Z. Shragai then suggested that a plenary meeting of the Jewish Agency be held in New York, after which the “Congress of American Zionists” could be opened. The purpose of this parley would be to discuss the future of Zionism and lay plans for obtaining financial assistance for Israel. The Agency members would remain in the United States for a time to assist the U.J.A. campaign. The decision on the exact date on which the postponed World Zionist Congress would be held will be delayed until absent members of the Agency and the Zionist Actions Committee can be hoard from.