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W.Z.O. Message Sees Significance in Last Year’s Anti-semitic Outbreaks

The forthcoming World Zionist Congress “must constitute the turning point in the mobilization of the Jewish people for aid to Israel,” the World Zionist Organization declared in a New Year’s message this weekend. The statement described the Congress as the “major event of the new year.”

“Diverse incidents and developments in the Diaspora during the outgoing year,” the WZO statement declared, “stressed the continued existence of the Jewish problem for which there is only one solution. Indeed, the outgoing year was marked by a revival of interest and sympathy in the Zionist ideal and program.”

Describing the progress and development of the State of Israel, the message aim noted, however, “portents of ill omen in various countries of the Exile. The new spite of anti-Semitic acts must be regarded as writing on the wall, for the forces of evil have not been destroyed even in prosperous, tranquil countries.”

The statement noted that “the capture of Nazi arch-criminal Eichmann, itself a token of significance in Israel’s national existence, was the immediate cause of anti-Jewish agitation in Argentina. Disturbances in other countries–Morocco, South Africa, the Congo, and Cuba–while devoid of connection with Jews, ultimately affected the position of the latter, underlining the difficulty of Jewish life in them.”

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