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Revisionists Claim Zionist Decision on Jewish Agency Agreement Illegal

December 30, 1928
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Will Await Congress Action Before Decision to Withdraw from Z. O. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The assertion that the decision by the Zionist General Council ratifying the Weizmann-Mar-shall agreement on the extension of the Jewish Agency was illegal, was made by Richard Lichtheim, former member of the Zionist Executive, now a Revisionist leader, in a report on the Jewish Agency question submitted to the conference today.

The Jewish Agency pact requires the introduction of a change into the text of the Palestine Mandate, transferring the rights of the Zionist Organization to the extended Jewish Agency. This can be decided upon only by the Zionist Congress and not by the Actions Committee. The Jewish Agency pact also contains this evil, that it perpetuates the division of Jews into Zionists and non-Zionists. This will ultimately destroy the Zionist Organization, since what reason will there be for a Jew to join the Zionist Organization if it is sufficient to be sympathetically inclined toward the rebuilding of Palestine while remaining a non-Zionist? Mr. Lichtheim asked.

As to the course of action to be decided upon by the Zionist-Revisionists, the speaker said the Revisionists should wait until the Zionist Congress says its last word on the Jewish Agency pact. Then they will decide as to whether they are to remain within the Organization or withdraw. Until the Congress, however, the League of Zionist-Revisionists will conduct an extensive campaign, pointing out the dangers to the Zionist movement from the Jewish Agency extension plan, he declared.

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