Last Minute News Actions Committee Rejects Motion to End German-Israel Talks

The Zionist Actions Committee today voted down a motion proposing that the executive of the Jewish Agency be ordered to discontinue reparations talks with Germany. The motion, which was made jointly on behalf of the left-wing Mapam and the right-wing Herut parties, was defeated by a vote of 42 to 16, with five abstaining.

The Actions Committee also rejected by an overwhelming majority a resolution proposed by the Herut demanding that a plebiscite be taken among Jews throughout the world on the question as to whether direct reparations talks with Germany should be held.

With regard to the United Jewish Appeal-Israel Bond Drive issue, the Actions Committee adopted the following resolution: "The Committee calls upon the Jewish Agency executive to consider its effort and secure concurrence of the Israel Government for the establishment of a co-ordinating authority which will decide in all cases where differences arise between both projects and whose decision is to bind both parties."

The Committee voted to abolish the ceiling on the income of the Jewish National Fund in the United States. It called upon the Jewish Agency executive to exert special effort to increase the stream of immigration to Israel and decided to increase agricultural colonization. One of the resolutions reiterated the decision adopted by the last World Zionist Congress that "it is the duty of every Zionist to provide his children with Hebrew education."

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