NEW YORK (Jan. 24)
The election committee of the American Zionist Federation, at a special meeting yesterday, officially approved the distribution of the 152 delegates from the United States to the 29th World Zionist Congress based on the results of the nationwide elections concluded last week. According to Moshe Kagan, election committee chairman, the distribution of the delegates is:
Hadassah-Bnai Zion-American Jewish League, 72; Zionist Organization of America, 22; Religious Zionist Movement, 19; Herut-United Zionists Revisionists of America, 14; Labor Zionist Alliance-Pioneer Women-Friends of Labor Israel, 13; ARZA-Association of Reform Zionists of America, 9; Progressive Zionist List, 2; and The New Coalition, I.
According to the proportional system used in the elections, “no votes can be lost,” Kagan explained. “The remainders, or fractions of delegates in excess of the 152 delegates which are not assigned to American organizations, are allocated to the world movements to guarantee that every vote is counted.” Each of the eight slates is entitled to one alternate for each delegate elected, Kagan added.
Faye Schenk, AZF president, announced that the 152 delegates and the 152 alternates will meet at a special AZF delegates’ conclave Sunday in New York. “We will devote the meeting to a discussion of the agenda of the Zionist Congress and to those questions of particular concern to the Zionist movement and the Jewish community here in the United States.”