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Zionists Urged to Establish Fund to Aid Financially Ailing Jewish Press

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The establishment of a special fund to strengthen financially ailing Jewish newspapers all over the world was proposed to the 28th World Zionist Congress yesterday by Arye Tsimuki, coordinator of the World Federation of Jewish Journalists. He stressed that the fund would be employed to ensure the continued publication of the newspapers, not as a welfare fund to support their writers.

He told a Congress plenary session that the recent demise of the Day-Morning Journal in New York illustrated the need for such a fund. His proposal was referred to the Congress’ education and culture committee which is to draft a resolution for the plenum. Tsimuki also suggested that the Congress commission a research project on the state of the Jewish press all over the world.

Ezra Shapiro, world chairman of the Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal told the Congress yesterday that he had found a noticeable absence of Zionist leaders among the supporters of the UIA and its operations. Acknowledging that there are “some exceptions,” Shapiro said “I raise this issue because it would be a tragic and unforgivable phenomenon if our fellow Zionists were to interpret the creation of the reconstituted Jewish Agency as absolving them of at least their equal responsibility for doing their utmost to render financial assistance to the Jewish Agency for all its important operations.”

REVISIONISTS WIN TOKEN DELEGATION

The Congress Tribunal has ruled that the United Zionists-Revisionists of America which boycotted the Congress elections in the US on the grounds that they were conducted illegally had a right to one delegate at the Congress. The area elections committee of the American Zionist Federation had contended that factions not participating in the elections were not entitled to any delegates, a position disputed by the Revisionists. Their token delegate was deducted from the United Non-Party Zionists list (Hadassah, Bnai Zion, American Jewish League for Israel) but the latter regained its strength of 66 delegates when one of the student delegates announced his alignment with the United Non-Party list.

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