Objection Raised to Israeli Claims to Speak for Jews of World

A number of leaders at the World Conference of Jewish Organizations expressed dissatisfaction today over the occasional practice of Israeli Government leaders in claiming to speak on behalf of all Jewry.

The conference authorized its chairman, Label A. Katz, president of B’nai B’rith, to bring the issue to the attention of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion with whom Mr. Katz is going to meet next week in Jerusalem. Mr. Katz is going to Israel at the invitation of the Prime Minister.

The conference decided to hold another meeting in September to establish itself as a permanent world organization. From reports of the discussion, which was held behind closed doors, it was not clear how such a world Jewish body would function side by side with the World Jewish Congress since both would have, at least technically, the same areas of activity. However, the leadership of the World Jewish Congress, including Dr. Nahum Goldmann, its president, took an active part in the two-day conference.

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