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American Jewish Congress President Wants Zionist Movement Dissolved

Rabbi Joachim Prinz, president of the American Jewish Congress, called here today for dissolution of the Zionist movement and its merger into a world body dedicated to the unity of the Jewish people. “Zionism is dead–long live the Jewish people!” was the theme of an address by Dr. Prinz to the national governing council of the Congress meeting here.

Dr. Prinz, a life-long Zionist, said that creation of the State of Israel had fulfilled the purpose of Zionism. What is needed now, he asserted, is “a new and dynamic movement to preserve Jewish peoplehood and create an independent and positive link between American Jewry and Israel.”

The blueprint for such a movement was outlined by Israel’s Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in his address to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem last month, Dr. Prinz declared. This calls for “doing away with outmoded ideology and accepting the real challenge of Jewish life under freedom,” Dr. Prinz said. “Only in this way can we hope to attract the young generation of Jews in the United States and other lands to seek a means of expressing both their Jewish identity and their feeling for Israel.

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