James N. Rosenberg Urges Inclusion of Non-zionists in Jewish Agency

A suggestion that the Jewish Agency be expanded to include non-Zionists “in the spirit of the historic 1929 Zurich constitution” was made today in a statement issued here by James N. Rosenberg, noted American Jewish leader.

Mr. Rosenberg, who was one of the non-Zionist founders of the enlarged 1929 Jewish Agency, composed equally of Zionists and non-Zionists, emphasized that in view of the fact that the Knesset contemplates granting “special status” to the Agency, Israel’s interests require that the Agency be so composed as to best help the upbuilding of the young state.

Mr. Rosenberg disclosed that he has submitted his proposal to the Israel Government through Ambassador S. Hiban, also to several Jewish leaders. “My suggestions are entirely mine, I speak for no organization,” he said.

“With the establishment of the Jewish State, differences of principle once dividing Zionists and non-Zionists have reached a vanishing point,” Mr. Rosenberg declared. “Before the Jewish Agency receives ‘special status,’ it should be so re-constituted as to represent all elements of Jewry. It should be composed of those best able to serve Israel, irrespective of whether they are Zionists or non-Zionists. A Jewish Agency so constituted shall command support of all Jews.”

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