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Unfinished Business Prolongs Sessions of World Zionist Congress into Next Week

August 31, 1933
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motivated in his attack on Dr. Weizmann by a malicious, personal hatred of the former president of the World Zionist Organization.

Rabbi Wise, who prides himself, in America, on being a radical, Katzenelson said, would be ashamed to receive, in New York, the applause of reactionary elements as applauded his speech here yesterday.

“While here,” Katzenelson asserted, “he has associated himself with those who are helping to create an atmosphere similar to Hitler’s.”


The speaker evidently referred here to the Revisionists, the extreme right-wing Zionists, who are especially hostile to Dr. Weizmann and who greeted Dr. Wise’s speech with vehement applause.

Katzenelson’s attack on Rabbi Wise was followed by another at the hands of Jacob Fishman, New York editor and member of the American delegation.

Rabbi Wise, in attacking Dr. Weizmann and the Laborites, did not represent American Zionists, who wish to dissociate themselves from Rabbi Wise’s statements, Fishman declared.

“We don’t want to carry the responsibility for Rabbi Wise’s words,” Fishman told the Congress. He urged it to adopt the American plan, proposed Monday by Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America, for a campaign to secure an international loan through the League of Nations to finance the settlement of German Jews in Palestine.

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