NEW YORK (Dec. 9)
Rabbi Israel Miller, president of the American Zionist Federation, said today that there was no censorship of the platform of the Zionist Organization of America. He issued a statement noting that the area elections committee “set a deadline of Nov. 4 for submission of platforms to be enclosed with the ballots” but because of the Congress Tribunal hearings, the ZOA and Revisionists were given a “special dispensation” to submit the material a month late.
“The Area Election Committee therefore decided that organizations submitting material at this late date could not cite the Congress Tribunal decision–or anything else that took place after the Nov. 4 deadline–in fairness to all the other organizations whose platforms were already on the press,” Rabbi Miller said.
“Anyone can see from the remainder of the ZOA platform that no censorship was exercised nor has the ZOA been prevented from distributing and advertising its entire platform throughout the American Jewish community.” Rabbi Miller added, “We believe that organizations which announce that they ‘abide by the decision of the Congress Tribunal’ should remember that the Tribunal asked that “from now on they refrain from making public accusations that are liable to bring harm on the entire Zionist Movement.’”