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Zionist General Council Begins Its Extraordinary Session in Berlin

December 21, 1928
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Weizmann Reports on Agency Progress; Submits Agreement on Reservations (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The extraordinary session of the Zionist General Council, the body endowed with legislative powers for the Zionist Organization in periods between Congresses, was opened at eleven o’clock this morning at the Kaiserhof Hotel here.

Thirty members of the General Council, including representatives of all Zionist groups and factions, were present. Among the members of the Zionist Executive attending the session are Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Nahum Sokolow, Louis Lipsky, Dr. Selig Brodetsky, Felix Rosenblueth, Harry Sacher, and Miss Henrietta Szold. The session is closed to the press.

Dr. Weizmann, it is understood, submitted a detailed report of his work in the United States and in other countries for the extension of the Jewish Agency for Palestine to include, under his plan, non-Zionists as well as Zionists. The agreement, dealing with the reservations made by the General Council at its summer session here on the recommendations of the Joint Palestine Survey Commission, reached between Dr. Weizmann and the Committee of Seven appointed by Louis Marshall as the representatives of the non-Zionist Conference held in New York, was submitted for consideration and approval.

An informal meeting of the delegates and prominent Berlin Zionists was held Wednesday evening at the Kaiserhof Hotel. A new Palestine film was shown and addresses were delivered by Kurt Blumenfeld and Dr. Leo Motzkin, chairman of the General Council.

The general prediction here at the opening of the session is that the Agency report as well as the agreement on the reservations will be adopted and that Dr. Weizmann will score another victory over the Jewish Agency opponents. It was still uncertain whether the opposition groups, principally the Radical Zionists and the Revisionists, will adopt a militant attitude or will remain satisfied with a formal presentation of their oppositional view.

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