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Jewish Agency Executive Decides ‘in Principle’ to Co-opt Non-zionists

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The plenary session of the Jewish Agency executive, meeting here for the second day, decided today “in principle” on the reorganization of the American Section of the Jewish Agency executive to include representatives of Jewish welfare funds and other non-Zionist organizations in the United States.

At today’s session of the executive the question of Jewish immigration to Israel from Western countries was widely discussed. It was reported that about 5,000 immigrants from Western countries came to Israel during the first nine months of this year, compared with a total of 5,600 in all of 1964. However, the rise was considered insufficient. It was emphasized by speakers that the United States alone should provide at least 5,000 immigrants annually

The executive also heard a report today on the activities of four subcommittee studying the reorganization of the Zionist organizations in various countries. The subcommittees will complete their work and make their recommendations next year. Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the Jewish Agency, addressed the plenary session on the current status of world Jewry.

The executive also discussed today the agenda for the weeklong Zionist Actions Committee convening here January 11 to elect a new Jewish Agency executive. The Actions Committee will hear Premier Levi Eshkol’s report on Israel, Dr. Goldmann’s report on the status of the Zionist movement, and a report by A. L. Pincus, chairman of the executive and Jewish Agency treasurer, on the 1966-67 budget.

It is understood that the members of the executive expect the forthcoming Actions Committee meeting to be devoted largely to a counter-offensive against the attacks on Zionism made by Arabs and the Soviet Union.

The executive today approved the establishment of three boarding schools attached to high schools for students from abroad. The project will be coordinated with education ministries abroad to assure recognition of the studies in Israel. Also discussed today was the “Service to People” program under which 160 young persons are already in Israel, having come from abroad for a year’s study. About 600 submitted applications.

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