1,000 U.S. Zionist Laborites Settled in Israel Since 1948
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1,000 U.S. Zionist Laborites Settled in Israel Since 1948

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More than 1,000 members of the American Labor Zionist movement have immigrated to Israel since 1948 when the state was established, it was reported here today at the 29th national convention of the Labor Zionist Organization of America. Another report noted that 1,000 members of the Habonim youth movement were presently attending Labor Zionist camps in this country and Canada.

Dr. Herman Seidel of Baltimore and Ralph Wexler of Newark were today named a two-man presidium to lead the organization until the next convention in 1956. The organization decided earlier not to fill the presidency, vacated by Rabbi James G. Heller, at this convention. Dr. Seidel was named head of the 51-member central committee, while Mr. Wexler will be chairman of the 15-member administrative committee.

The convention adopted resolutions calling for ratification of the Genocide Convention and abolition of the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act and commended the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent anti-segregation decision.

A demand that the United Nations approach the Middle East problem “with a greater degree of vision and courage” was contained in another resolution. The resolution asked UN condemnation of Egypt for its blockade of Israel traffic through the Suez Canal, of Jordan for repeated violations of the truce and of the Arab states for their boycott of Israel. The Labor Zionists also called upon the United States Government to reconsider its decision to send arms to Iraq.

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