World Zionist Congress Date Changed to May; Americans Reported in Agreement

The Jewish Agency executive, responding to requests from Zionist groups in several countries, has changed the date for the next World Zionist Congress from February 19 to a time at the end of May.

A spokesman said that the American section of the Agency had agreed to the May date, and the matter now will go the World Zionist Actions Committee for final approval. The executive rejected suggestions that the Congress be postponed until the end of 1968. The request for postponement was based on the wishes of the Zionist parties and organizations to complete arrangements and discussions on Agency proposals to reorganize the World Zionist movement. Another question involved the distribution of delegates following the settlement here of volunteers after the June war.

The executive has adopted a plan to reorganize the movement into a broad movement encompassing all organizations working for Israel, and a smaller nucleus of persons who would pledge personal aliyah. Only Zionists who had made such pledges would constitute the Zionist organization. The other group, which would have a different name, would be represented by the Jewish Agency.

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