Laborites Back Ben Gurion Plan
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Laborites Back Ben Gurion Plan

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At an all-night session, the laborite delegation resolved that the Congress should adopt David Ben-Gurion’s plan for coordination of all Zionist organizations throughout the world. Mr. Ben-Gurion, who is general secretary of the Histadruth (Palestine labor federation), proposes to make it obligatory for all Zionist groups in all countries to organize themselves into a Zionist federation in each land.

The function of the various federations will be, according to the Ben-Gurion plan, to conduct the work of the Keren Hayesod (land redemption body) and the Keren Kayemeth (colonizing agency); the selling of shekolim, which entitle purchasers to vote for congress delegates; organization of the congress elections; the work of operating the Palestine foreign bureaus that distribute immigration certificates; control of the hachshara (training camps for Palestine pioneers); spreading knowledge of Hebrew and mobilization of capital for Palestine and propaganda for Palestine. Local polities, the plan specifics, are not to come within the scope of the federations.

The plans for a national loan of #5,000,000 offered yesterday by I. M. Sieff of London and Israel B. Brodie of New York were under consideration today by the budget committee of the congress. The committee appointed a sub-committee of seventeen, inviting experts as coopted members to consider plans for developing the industry and agriculture of Palestine. Plans for the establishment of an economic intelligence service and as well as flotation of a large Jewish national loan will be formulated by the sub-committee of experts.

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