Zionist Congress Postponed Till Next Summer to Allow for Elections

The 29th World Zionist Congress, scheduled to open in Jerusalem Jan. 17, will have to be postponed until next summer in order to carry out the mandate of the Congress Court to hold elections for delegates in all of the 30 countries participating. Yosef Almogi, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, said the Congress would be held some time between June and August, 1977.

He said he would have preferred not to have a Zionist Congress during the heat of campaigning for Israel’s national elections, scheduled to be held in October, 1977. But there is no alternative in view of the Court’s order, he said.

The Congress Court overturned a decision taken by the Zionist General Council in Jerusalem last July to waive elections for Congress delegates in countries where 90 percent of the Zionist constituency agreed on a single slate, At the time of the Court ruling, seven countries had decided to hold elections, 11, including the U.S. agreed to forego them and the rest were to have decided this month.

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