NEW YORK (Dec. 5)
A resolution calling upon Jews around the world “to seek out Arabs wherever they live” and engage the Arabs residing outside the Arabic countries in a dialogue on rapprochement between Israel and the Arab states, was adopted here tonight at the conclusion of the third annual convention of Americans for Progressive Israel-Hashomer Hatzair.
The measure was adopted after Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, had delivered the principal address at the organization’s 18th annual dinner. He told the 300 delegates at the session that the time has come to “create a favorable atmosphere” for direct Jewish-Arab talks, both within Israel and in other countries. He warned that failure to establish such dialogue, especially in Western lands where many Arabs live, might produce “a violent conflict” especially in countries where the local Arab inhabitants could “go into the forefront of the neo-Nazi movements” in those areas.
Other resolutions adopted by the convention called for the development of a network of secular but Zionist-sponsored Jewish schools; criticized “religious coercion in Israel;” urged the strengthening of Jewish youth movements; and expressed the organization’s “indignation and dismay that the United States has not yet ratified” the United Nations Convention against genocide. The Convention reelected Avraham Schenker as its national chairman. Mr. Schenker is a member of the Jewish Agency executive, and national vice-president of the American Zionist Council.